Character Sketches

So I’ve spent some time in the last week or so on character sketches.

Not the ones that you might find on the internet but a character sketch template that my friends and I came up with. While it’s great to do the other character sketches from time to time, there are things in them that might not be relevant to your particular work in progress. This one can have things added to it or taken away but most of these things are what you should know about your characters.

Name:

Age:

Appearance:

Motivation/Goals:

Obstacles:

Fears:

Temptations:

Vices:

Try/Fail Methods:

How do they change:

Personal Climax:

Talents:

Weaknesses:

What they’re proud of:

Insecurities:

Mannerisms/ways they talk:

Relationships:

Others perception of him/her:

Quirks:

Knowing these things can help you to make your characters more real. While working on these, I figured out that my book 2 main character has a habit of biting her lower lip when she’s uncomfortable or upset. I’ve written her doing it but when I decided to write these down it came to me that it was one of her mannerisms.

What are ways you’ve found to flesh out your characters?

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