The Perfect Character Template

Just a little something to hopefully help other writers when coming up with characters, their backstories, and plots. I made this all by myself, and while you don't have to use it at all, I'd like it if you at least looked at it.

Chapter 1

Character Template

Name: ______________________________
Height: _____
Age in story: _______
Birthplace: __________________
Currently Living In: __________________
Hair color, length, style: ______________________________
Race/nationality: _____________________________________
Regional influences: ___________________________________
Accent: (include voice, style of speech, slang, signature phrases or words) _____________________________________________________________________
Religion: ________________________________________________
Marital status: ___________________________________
Scars or other notable physical attributes: ___________________________________________________________________
Handicaps: (emotional, physical, mental) __________________________________________________________
Athletic? Inactive? Overall health? _________________________________
Typical Outfit: ___________________________________________________________
Favorite colors: ___________________________________________
How does the character feel about his/her appearance? __________________________________________________________
Brothers/sisters: ___________________________________________________________
Relationship with parents: ___________________________________________________________
Memories about childhood: _____________________________________________________________________
Educational background: (street smart? Formal? Does he/she read?) _____________________________________________________________________
Work experience: _____________________________________________________________________
Occupation: _______________________________________________
Describe home (emotional atmosphere as well as physical) ______________________________________________________________________
Neat or messy? ___________________________________
Habits/morals/activities: ___________________________________________________________
Women friends/men friends: __________________________________________________________________
Pets? _____________________________________________________
Enemies? Why? ___________________________________________________________________
Basic nature: ______________________________________________________
Personality traits (shy, outgoing, domineering, doormat, honest, kind, sense of humor):
____________________________________________________________________
Strongest trait: ___________________________________________
Weakest trait: ___________________________________________
What does the character fear? ___________________________________________________________
What is the character proud of? ___________________________________________________________
What is the character ashamed of? ___________________________________________________________
Outlook on life (optimistic, pessimistic, cynic, idealist) ___________________________________________________________
Ambitions: ________________________________________________
Politics: ___________________________________________________
How does the character see himself/herself? __________________________________________________________
How is the character seen by others? ___________________________________________________________
Do you like this person? Why or why not? __________________________________________________________
Will readers like or dislike? ________________________________
Most important thing to know about this character: ___________________________________________________________
Present problem: _________________________________________
How it will get worse: ___________________________________________________________
What is the character’s goal in the story? ___________________________________________________________
What traits will help/hurt the character in achieving this goal? ___________________________________________________________
What makes the character different from similar characters? ___________________________________________________________
Why will readers remember this character vividly? ___________________________________________________________
What does this character bring to other characters/the story?
___________________________________________________________

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