Meaning of name:
Origin of name:
Socioeconomic level as a child:
Socioeconomic level as an adult:
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her:
Other memories/events that still affects him/her and why/how:
Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why:
Biggest role model:
Biggest disillusions from childhood:
Describe their smile:
Who does s/he take after; mother or father?
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc):
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?
Other outfits one might find in their wardrobe:
Are they generally balanced or clumsy?
Describe their walk:
Describe their fighting style:
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent?
Write a piece of dialogue that this character might say (can be between someone else):
Describe their laugh:
Describe their sleep patterns (light/heavy sleeper, no sleep, sleeps too often, etc):
Describe their dwelling/house:
Describe their bedroom:
Describe their daily rituals:
Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Character’s long-term goals/desires in life:
Character’s short-term goals/desires in life:
How self-confident is the character?
How do they see him/herself?
How do they believe s/he is perceived by others?
What is the character most proud of?
What does the character like least about themselves?
How do they express themselves?
Is this character generally dominant or submissive?
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
Most at ease when:
Ill at ease when:
Describe their sense of humor:
If granted one wish, what would it be?
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?
Biggest Vulnerability (non physical):
Optimist or Pessimist:
Introvert or extrovert:
Character’s darkest/deepest secret:
Room in the house and why:
Songs and Singers/Bands:
Subject in school:
Subject in school:
Where does this character like to hang out?
Where is this character’s dream place to live?
What sorts of books are most likely to be found on their shelves?
Mode of transportation:
Most prized possession:
Describe character’s sense of morals:
If they could sum up the meaning of life, what would they say?:
What do they consider taboo (something they personally would never do):
Describe character’s etiquette:
Describe character’s sense of self-control:
Spontaneous or structured?
Instinctual or logical?
How does this character act in public?
How does this character act in privacy?
How does this character act around strangers vs. how they act around friends?
How does this character act around family?
How has this character most changed from youth?
How have they remained the same?
Has this character dealt with the loss of someone they knew?
If so, who?
How has it affected them?
How does this character deal with or react to:
Being insulted (superficially: name calling, etc):
How does this character express?
Love (Consider the “Five Languages of Love”):
Dislike (of a person, thing, or idea):
Approval (of a person, thing, or idea):
How does this character generally express themselves?
What does this character think/feel about?
The opposite sex:
The same sex:
Racism/Races in general:
Their role in society/job/etc:
Drugs and alcohol:
How does the character view life?
How does the character view death?
How does the character view society?
How does the character imagine his/her own death?
What does the character want out of life?
What does this character consider “success” to be?
What would the character like to change in his/her life?
What motivates this character?
What discourages this character?
What makes this character happy?
What makes this character sad?
What makes this character angry?
What humiliates this character?
What most describes this character’s personality?
Psychoanalysis (Describe why they act the way they do):
Does it stem from childhood or an event, or chemical?
Relationships with Others (Non-Married)
Did it last?
Why or why not?
What kind of person would s/he consider to be the perfect partner?
Is the character judgmental of others and how so?
How is s/he perceived by…
What happens to change this perception if at all?
Describe their sense of trust
What type of individuals does s/he like or associate with?
What type of individuals doesn’t s/he like or associate with?
How do they treat members of the opposite sex?
How do they treat members of the same sex?
What do family/friends like most about character?
What do family/friends like least about character?
Do they know anyone who’s died, and if so who and how were they affected?
Family (they were raised with)
Immediate family members and their ages:
Ethnicity and/or species of the mother:
Ethnicity and/or species of the father:
Any important/infamous/famous ancestors, and if so, who?
Describe their ancestral history, if anything of particular note:
Are they still alive?
Did they raise this character?
If not, why not, and/or what happened?
At what age was the character when this happened?
What did they do for a living?
Are they still together?
If not, how, when and why did they separate?
How did each parent treat the character, growing up?
How does each parent treat the character now?
What does each parent think of the character?
What changes their opinion of the character, if at all, and how so?
How did the character treat each of their parents growing up?
How does the character treat each of their parents now?
Caretaker(s) (if someone other than birthparents):
What is their relationship to the character?
Are they still alive?
At what age did the caretakers begin to raise this character?
Did the caretakers know the birth parents and if so, how was their relationship?
Did the character know the birth parents?
How did the father/caretaker1 treat the character?
How did the mother/caretaker2 treat the character?
How did the character treat their father/caretaker1?
How did the character treat their mother/caretaker2?
Siblings (if any):
Are they still alive, if not who died and when?
Describe how each one treats this character:
Describe how this character treats each one of his siblings:
Does this character still keep in contact with their siblings?
How has this character’s relationship changed with their siblings since childhood?
How did s/he get along with the family as a whole?
How did s/he get along with the siblings, if any?
Describe their family life/dynamic, growing up:
Describe their family life/dynamic now:
Family (that they have created, if at all)
Is this their first marriage/family? (if not, copy, paste, and answer these questions for the previous marriages/families too):
How, why and when did they divorce/split?
Was it mutual?
If they had children, who kept them?
If it was a death, what happened, and when?
Did they get remarried, and if so to whom?
How did the children, if any, respond to that?
Are they legitimately married?
If not, are the other characters aware of this?
When did they get married?
How did they meet?
How did he propose, or how was she proposed to?
Mistress(es)/Secret Lover(s)/ Lover(s) outside of marriage:
Does the spouse/partner know?
If so how and when did they find out?
How did they react, and what was the end result?
Any illegitimate children with them, and if so who?
Does anyone know?
If so, how and when did they find out?
How did they react and what was the end result?
Children and their ages:
Who are each of their parents (ie: from which marriage, if any other)?
Were any conceived/born out of wedlock, if so, which ones?
How does (each) son/daughter treat of this character?
How does this character treat (each) son/daughter?
How does (each) son/daughter think of this character?
How does this character think of (each) son/daughter?
How does this character’s relationship change with their child/children as they grew older?
Does the character believe in a god or goddess?
What are the character’s spiritual beliefs?
Is religion or spirituality an important part of this character’s life?
If so, what role does it play?
If this character were an animal, what would they be?
If this character were the opposite sex what would they . . .
If this character were to be characterized by an object, what would it be?
What would/does this character do if confronted with someone identical in personality?
What would/does happen if this character became physically handicapped, and how would that change them?
What would/does this character do if spontaneously placed in a whole new and unfamiliar environment/country/planet/etc?
If they don’t already, what would this character do/act like if they had a child?
What song best fits this character?
If you could compare this character to an existing character, who would s/he be and why?
If you could choose an actor for this character, who would it be?
If you could choose a voice actor for this character, who would it be?
Who/what was your character inspired by?
How the Character is Involved in the Story
Character’s role in the story (main character? hero? Villain? etc):
Scene where character first appears:
Relationships with other characters:
Where, how and when did s/he first interact with other characters:
What was this character’s life like before something, if anything, happened to change it all:
How Character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began:
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