Character Profile Template
Congratulations you’ve decided to write a novel, short story, play, screenplay, or anything that involves creating detailed and compelling characters. Making realistic characters is hard work, and essential for engaging your audience. We are here to help! We’ve created a simple and editable character worksheet for you to use.
Developing detailed characters helps make them believable. This exercise will help you polish your storyline and your readers will notice and appreciate your attention to detail! Addicted readers need an emotional connection to your characters.
Create a character-driven story with our easy to use template. Have you ever read a story that provides amazing insight into the internal conflict and thought process of the main character? You feel like you understand them and find them relatable because the character seems life-like in their flawed but realistic portrayal. Don’t you want your readers to feel that same emotional connection to your story?
Details Make the Difference
Writing down details in a character template can make all the difference for quality writing.
Writing a novel or screenplay takes time! Even if you can perfectly imagine a character in your mind at the beginning, writing could take months or even years, you need a consistent point of reference for each of your main characters. Don’t let something as simple as a change in eye color throw your reader’s interest out of balance halfway through.
Details make description possible! If you truly want your readers to be able to imagine your characters the way you imagine them, then you need to get the details right. The devil is in the details as they say, and it is true. The details are what make characters memorable and imaginable. The small ways they speak with a slight accent, the flavor of gum that they chew to hide their smoking habit, their tendency to doodle if they are stuck on a boring call. All of these details set a clear picture that breathes life into your characters. Details can also help define a character’s motives.
All of the questions in our character template help you determine how your characters act. They define motivations which are essential to determine character actions. It can tell you exactly how they will respond to each situation that they encounter. Do they have a fear or a regret that they are working towards conquering? Are there significant past events that impact how they react to different situations? Are they organized or do they procrastinate? Is there a secret that they are hiding?
Character Bio Template
Family and Origins
Knowing the basic background information about your character is a good starting point to building an imaginary person. This section helps fill out some additional specifics that weren’t already covered by the general information section.
Can you describe a character’s daily routine? Your story might disrupt their common routine but it is essential to know how they start to show how things change as a story progresses.
Who is the character’s family? How did they grow up? Are they still close with their parents and siblings? You should know all of these things! If a character has something important happen would they call and tell their mom?
Mannerisms and Speech
Do you know your character’s favorite things? Can you name their comfort food after a bad day? Do they suck on lemons from their water? What song is the soundtrack to their life? These details aren’t all necessary but they can help add small bits of color to someone’s personality
Do you know your character’s relationship with others? Friendships and romantic relationships all impact a character’s motivations and focus. Do they have enemies or people that they compete with? How do others perceive them? Is there anyone that they can turn to for help during difficult times? How people interact with those around them gives some of the most important insights into their personalities.
Discover their mannerisms and speech patterns. Find small quirks or common phrases that the character says that will help flush out your character and help you remain consistent as you write.
Jump-start Writer's Block
Have you ever been stuck part way through writing? Your mind goes blank and no matter how often you stare at the screen or pick up the pen and paper nothing comes out. Your fingers can’t move, your thoughts don’t flow. And if you do manage to get anything on paper you are never satisfied? As awful as it is, that experience is completely normal! Everyone working in a creative field experiences some sort of writer’s block from time to time. While there are many methods you can use to kick your creativity back into gear, I strongly recommend working on a character template. Character templates can and will help jump-start your writing out of writer’s block.
Even if a detail like a character’s bedtime routine may seem insignificant it might be exactly what you need to kick off a new scene. You can use it to dig deeper into what worries might keep the character up at night. It can show a character changing as the story progresses, a grumpy character might fall asleep with a small smile as they think about a perfect date, or a happy character might be up all night pacing in concern over a careless argument.
While I prefer to make character templates at the beginning of a new story every writer has a different process. Also it is important to note that character templates can and should be living documents. They can be updated and changed as you continue your writing journey. They can reflect new details that you choose to include and they can be a fantastic reference point to make sure you aren’t contradicting yourself. Or maybe you only filled in a few of the most relevant sections when you first began your story, if you are blocked, try filling in a few more sections and see if that helps get those creative juices flowing.
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Creating a Good Character Profile
The stage is set but is your character ready for prime time?
You want to build a holistic overview of your character that you can rely on for context and consistency while you write. To do that you want to flush out a lot of specifics that will provide realistic details to help your audience build a connection. Things such as a character’s job title will help your readers make certain assumptions about what they could expect from the character. These details can help hint at or specify skill sets that the character has. If you describe your character’s physical world through enough relevant details then your readers can imagine entire scenes in crystal clear ways.
Details are meant to appeal to our senses. They provide context and specificity that can take a bulletin-style description and turn it into a memorable and vivid imagination. Blue eyes and blonde hair might be correct but they don’t provide the minutia that lets your readers imagine a character. Are their eyes a deep blue like the clearest sapphire and deepest ocean or are they a pale blue that borders on gray that stares at you with a glacial iciness reminding you of hard steel, immovable and unyielding? Eyes might be the windows to the soul but details are the windows to the imagination. With the right level of detail, you can show emotions, amp of tensions, and make your readers fall in love with your characters.
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Start Building Your Character Bio Now
Are you ready to get started building your character bio? It is simple, just click below to add your name and email address. You will automatically receive an email linking you to your very own copy of the character profile sheet in google sheets. Hit save and you are ready to get started!
Remember you can do this at your own pace anytime inspiration strikes! There are also plenty of optional spaces for you to fill in your own questions and details that matter to your story line and character.
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