I thought they might be useful for other folks who, like me, sometimes have a hard time keeping all the little details straight. I've also used them to help me flesh out some of my characters.
Here are the included sections:
Not that I've done this or anything, but misspelling a character's name sure would be embarrassing.
nicknames, previous names, titles, insulting epithets
For some reason, I always have a hard time deciding on an appropriate age for my characters.
I don't visualize the characters much, so it's surprisingly easy to forget how I described their hair.
size, shape, or even how they move goes here
the sound of their voice, accent, slang, the types of words they use
other details that don't fit one of the categories above, scars, tattoos, missing fingers, or whatever
little behavioral quirks, especially habits
ways I'd describe their personality, I usually limit this to the two or three most important things
how they dress or present themselves
skills, powers, specialties
close family and maybe a few words about their relationship
what they do to get by
best friends, important connections, guild memberships, gang affiliations
how they're seen by people who don't know them well
important features of the character's past, most likely section to spill over onto the back of the sheet
I try to fill this in for even minor characters who don't rate a full background, because everyone wants to gain or achieve something.
- Role in the Story
This one is up at the top of the page, because it's kind of important. I try to describe the purpose of the character in as few words as possible, especially in terms of how they relate back to the protagonist or main thread of the story. Some of the roles I have right now are "love interest," "backup," and "instigator."
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