Preptober #2: Character Creation Isn’t Scary Just Time Consuming

Last week, I gave you a lazy outline, and in that I talked about listing out and creating your characters first before diving in to write.

Now, let me talk about the character creation. When I get to writing down my characters, I’ve already spent a long time mentally creating them. I’ve spent a long time working on their dynamics and how they would work in the story.

Here is a short form you can use to create all your characters when you start your novel this November. I had a friend of mine that would put all her characters on individual index cards. I had another who had a whole binder of characters, plots, etc on them. Do what works best for you.

Character Short List

This is just a short description information. If you’d like a more in-depth version for your plotting needs, just let me know in the comments below. Also, all things below can be changed, used, or not. Some of these won’t be relevant to your story or even the character.

Character Template

  • Name:
  • Species :
  • Gender:
  • Age:
  • Height:
  • Shape:
  • Eye Color:
  • Hair Color:
  • General Description (including outfit):
  • Three strengths:
  • Three flaws:
  • How the affect the plot:
  • Relation to other characters:
  • Personality quirks:

There are other ways you can create a character sheet. You can look up questions that’d be asked in an interview and use them to explain their personality. You can even use a Dungeon and Dragon’s character sheet to give them all their basic information. These were just a few things I generally look back on when writing the character into the story. I don’t want to be eight chapters in and have to go back and look at chapter one to see what their eye color was again.

Let me know any ways you help define your characters in the comments below. And I’ll see you next week for more Preptober.

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