Right now, I’m doing the last three character sheets I need before I can go into the next phase of novel prep – research. I have a lot of books lined up and I’m looking forward to reading them. In a way, research feels a bit like studying for school, but without the stress of grades and exams. And you get to study only those things that you love.
I’m still working on those character sheets though, and today I thought I’d share with you the template that I normally use. For the most important characters of the first book in the series I did a much more extensive sheet, about ten pages compared to this one, which is about two pages long. I’m glad I did those ten pages for my MC’s, but for the rest of the characters it was a bit much.
Here’s my template:
Basic Character Sheet
Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Where does he/she live?
Is he/she tidy, messy, or average?
Family? (Romantic relationship, children etc):
Whom does he/she look like?
How does he/she dress?
How does he/she speak?
Comfortable with physical contact?
Most significant childhood event:
Five good traits:
Five bad traits:
Optimist or pessimist:
Introvert or extrovert:
Which person in his/her life would the person most want to emulate?
Which person in his/her life would the person least want to emulate?
What is his/her biggest secret?
What makes him/her angry:
What makes him/her embarrassed:
What makes him/her scared:
What makes him/her laugh:
What makes him/her cry:
What pains him/her the most:
Motives (why that goal?):
Conflict (what is keeping them from reaching that goal?):
Do you find character sheets useful?
(Feel free to use this template or be inspired by it, if you like!)