FEAR is an integral part of character development. Every person has at least one fear, and even if you lack fears, that can mean something very important. Fears can come in to play in a huge variety of ways. Be it why a character avoids doing a certain thing, why a character works so hard at something, or even just an element you can use for plot value during the story. In this exercise, you're going to detail out all of the things your character fears or has feared in their lifetime. Here are some things to ponder: What were they afraid of as a little kid? Do they still fear those things now or have they grown out of them? What are the things they are afraid of right now? Do they have a reason for those fears? A common fear is "losing the one they love", but WHY is that a fear that is so important to them? Have they lost someone before? Do they avoid connections because they fear the potential loss? A common fear is "death", same question as above. What would make them fear death? Other common fears: Spiders, snakes, darkness, thunder... There is nothing wrong with having the same old common fears, but it's good to back them up with actual reasons. Did they get traumatized by loud noises and now hate thunder? Were they bitten by a dog and now don't like them? What is the level of SEVERITY with their fears? When faced with it, can they shake it off and ignore it? Do they have a panic attack? Scream? Run away? If your character isn't afraid of anything, WHY? What has caused them to be fearless? What would happen if you faced them with some common, truly scary things, like death and danger? How do they react to those moments? Do they only THINK they are fearless, or have they just not found a moment that has actually scared them? If you can think of other things to list or question about - do so!