What’s Your Problem?

-The Questions of Conflict

What's Your Problem?

When planning their story, authors use various tools to determine plot line and character development. One effective tool they use is “questioning”. By questioning or interviewing their main character, authors develop a deeper sense of who their character is and how conflict affects them. This, in turn, helps the reader to connect to the character.


Pretend you just met the boy in the above picture. Your job is to understand who the boy is and what he is going through.
Ask him the following questions and record your answers:

  • What is your name and how old are you?
  • Where are you?
  • What’s your problem?
  • Who are the girls behind you and what are they doing?
  • Why are they doing that?
  • How do you feel about it?
  • What is it you really want?
  • What is getting in the way?
  • How are your going to handle your problem?
  • Will anyone help you or will you handle it on your own?
  • How will your story end?

Did these questions help you to determine the heart and conflict of your character? If you are inspired, start writing his story!


In the comment section below, share your first name, age, state, and country. What did you discover about the character above during your imaginary interview?

headshot smallMichelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a teacher and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at www.michellelynnsenters.com.