For writers and aspiring authors, characters are what makes a story come to life. If your book is full of flat, unrelatable characters, your book will be just that...flat and unrelatable. No one wants to read a book where the characters don't seem real or like someone you know or would like to know. That's why it is important, I think even before you begin writing, to create a character profile for at least the main and supporting characters.
I've heard some authors like to write a page summary on each character. Some also use worksheets. I've done both. According to my readers and myself (though I'm biased), my characters are dynamic. Which ever way you choose is ultimately up to you, but here is an example worksheet to get you started.
Socioeconomic Level as a child:
Socioeconomic Level as an adult:
Siblings (describe relationship):
Spouse (describe relationship):
Children (describe relationship):
Grandparents (describe relationship):
Grandchildren (describe relationship):
Significant Others (describe relationship):
Glasses or contact lenses?
Shape of Face:
How does he/she dress?
Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.)
Style (Elegant, shabby etc.):
Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Any Mental Illnesses?
Character's short-term goals in life:
Character's long-term goals in life:
How does Character see himself/herself?
How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others?
How self-confident is the character?
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
What would most embarrass this character?
Introvert or Extrovert?
How does the character deal with anger?
What does the character want out of life?
What would the character like to change in his/her life?
What motivates this character?
What frightens this character?
What makes this character happy?
Is the character judgmental of others?
Is the character generous or stingy?
Is the character generally polite or rude?
Does the character believe in God?
What are the character's spiritual beliefs?
Is religion or spirituality a part of this character's life?
If so, what role does it play?
How the Character is Involved in the Story
Character's role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.):
Scene where character first appears:
Relationships with other characters:
1. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
2. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
3. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
4. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
How character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began:
Additional Notes on This Character: