This is a writing prompt that helps students to create a character whom they can then use in creative writing pieces. It is 5 pages long. The prompt take the form of a questionnaire, with the newly created character asking the author to describe his or her traits. it starts with basic biographical and physical questions, and then requires the students to add information about the character's beliefs, aspirations, fears, etc. At the end, students are given a prompt where they write a two paragraph introduction to their character to share with the class.
This prompt ties in with the topics of direct vs. indirect characterization (which are used in the language of the prompt) as well as narrative POV (the students are instructed to write their answers in the Second Person, as in 'You are 14 years old. You are afraid of werewolves...')
I use this questionnaire as the basis for a creative writing unit where the students write four linked short stories which follow the basic plot pyramid. Those prompts are also available as a pack. I've been amazed at how much my 9th grade students get into this unit, and most of them end up producing about 12-16 pages of total writing by the end!