While writing on my group blog, I realized that I have not yet published here the Character Profile Sheet that I find very useful while creating new characters or better understanding the ones I already have.
The sheet is rather detailed, but it works like a charm if you want to get “in character” and it helps advance the plot. The post will be very long, and my apologies for that. This is a post not to be browsed through, but to use if you are in the process of fleshing out your characters.
Also, the sheet refers to the character/s as “they” because it would be too tedious to say he/she all the time.
Date this form was created:
Full name of Character/s:
Reason, meaning or purpose behind the name:
Reason for nickname:
How old they appear:
Glasses or contacts?
Hair color length and style:
Weight and height:
Type of body (build):
Skin tone and type (j.e., hairy, slimy, scaly, oily, fair, burns easily):
Shape of face:
Distinguishing marks (dimples, moles, scars, birthmarks, etc.):
Are they healthy?
If not, why not? Or why are they healthy? Do they look healthy? Why/why not?
Character’s favorite color, why:
Least favorite, why? Music?
Least favorite music, why?
Mode of transport:
How do they spend a rainy day?
Are they daredevil or cautious?
Do they act the same alone as when with someone? Habits:
Is their soft spot obvious, why/why not:
If not, how do they hide it:
Type of childhood:
Most important child hood event that still effects him/her:
Relationship with her:
Relationship with him:
Siblings, How many, relationship with each:
Children of siblings:
Other extended family:
Close? Why or why not:
Most at ease when:
Most ill at ease when:
How they feel about themselves:
Past failure they would be embarrassed to admit:
If granted one wish what would it be, why?
Optimist or pessimist? Why? Introvert or extrovert? Why?
Drives and motives:
Extremely skilled at:
Extremely unskilled at:
Does anyone know? How did they find out:
One word they would use to describe themselves:
One paragraph of how they would describe themselves:
What do they consider their best physical characteristic and why:
The worst one? Why?
Are they realistic assessments? If not, why not?
How they think others preserve them:
What four things would they most like to change about themselves:
If they were changed would they be the same person, why/why not:
Would changing of number I make them more happy? Why/why not:
Interaction with other people:
How do they relate to others:
How are they perceived by strangers:
How do they view the Hero/Heroine:
First impression of the char: why?
What happens to change perception:
What do people like most about this char:
What do they dislike most about them:
How do they plan to accomplish them:
How will others be effected by this:
How do they react in a crisis:
How do they face problems:
Kind of problems they usually run into:
How they react to new problems:
How they react to change:
Favorite clothing, why:
Least favorite, why:
Where do they live:
Where do they want to live:
People they secretly admire, why:
Person they are most influenced by, why:
Does the character have enemies? Are they aware of the enemies?
What is the most important thing your character has forgotten?
Most important person in their life before story starts, why:
How do they spend the week just before the story starts:
What dream do they have just before the story starts?
Spending habits, why:
If they had 1 million dollars how would they spend it?
What do they do too much of, why:
Most prized possession, why:
This gives a full picture of the character. If you do not answer a few of the questions that is okay too, but the more you fill in, the more detailed the character will be in your head.
You do not need to put in everything from this sheet into your short story or novel, but knowing all this about your character would help you make the character life-like, and not just a stick figure advancing the plot.