Building Blocks of Character

Where do they come from?

Geographically, sure, but also who are the important people in their life? Who has been a huge influence, positive or negative? How were they raised? 

What's so great about them?

What makes your character someone that other people want to be around? What makes them admirable, what makes them someone's role model? 

What's NOT so great about them?

It's a knee-jerk reaction to want to avoid them, but flaws are part of what make our characters so compelling. But how do you pull them off without falling into the trap of "attractive" flaws?

This is by no means the be-all and end-all of character sheets, it's just a good starting point that we've found useful to flesh out our characters when we're starting new projects. We figured we'd share it with you guys and hopefully it strikes a chord with some of you guys, too!


If you ask us, it's always good to have more information than less. Some of this will never show up in your story, some of it you'll skip because you just don't feel like filling it out, and that's okay. Anything you put down will inform how you write your character, and help to make them more well-rounded and believable on the page.

Character Bio

BASIC INFORMATION

Full Name:

Nicknames/Aliases:

Gender:

Race:

Species: 

Birthdate/Age:

Height:

Build:

Hair color/style:

Eye color:

Sexuality:

Disabilities: Physical or mental.

Religion:

Clothing Style:

Misc. Identifying Physical Traits:

Three-to-five line description of appearance: What strangers would notice first about your character. Describe them from someone else's POV.

PERSONALITY

Overview:

Primary Virtue:

Secondary Virtue:

Primary Flaw:

Secondary Flaw:

Neutral Traits:

Likes:

Dislikes:

Fears/Phobias:

Vices:

Quirks:

SKILLS/COMBAT

Skills:

Incompetencies:

Combat Style:

Weapon(s) Used:

Strengths in Combat:

Weaknesses in Combat:

BACKGROUND

Birthplace:

Parents:

Relationship with parents:

Siblings:

Relationship with siblings:

Children:

Relationship with children:

Notable Extended Family:

Relationship with notable extended family:

Other Important People:

Relationship with other important people:

Enemies:

Event(s) that led to becoming enemies:

History Overview:

Significant Event(s):

MISCELLANEOUS

Favorites: Food, drink, music, color, whatever strikes your fancy to take a note of.

Ambitions:

Dreams:

Pets:

Pet Peeves:

Hobbies:

Languages:

Anything Else: If it doesn't fit, either add a category wherever you need it, or drop it here!

Questions?

Have questions or insights into the character creation process? We'd love to hear them!