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Characters are the essence of any story. Therefore, it is incredibly important for a writer to fully understand the characters in their novels, poem, screenplay, etc. so the characters perform realistic actions and have understandable motivations. Realism means your reader will bond, care for and relate to the fictional people you’ve penned together.

The more you know about your character, the better you can describe them and halt any inconsistencies. Understanding why your characters do what they do will allow you to create immersive stories readers will find joyful to read.

The template below covers the basics every writer must consider. However, you can include more or limit the list in any way you wish. After all, they’re your creations.

BasicsAppearanceBehaviourSpeechBackground

Full Name:

Nicknames:

Role in the Story:

DOB:

Age:

Occupation:

Height/Body Type:

Hair Colour and Style:

Eye Colour:

Skin Tone:

Facial Description:

Unique or Distinguishing Features:

Style:

Mannerisms:

Personality:

Ambition:

Habits:

Likes:

Dislikes:

Fears:

Secrets:

Relationships/Friendships:

Family Relationships:

Tone:

Language/Accent:

Important Past Events:

Where They Grew Up:

Current Home:

Family:

Education:

Relationships:

Health:

Religion:

Interest or Hobbies:


Feel free to print this template off and use it as your own. Go as in-depth as you please:

Character Template Download.docx (43 downloads)

About The Author

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Originates from a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, UK. Graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a degree in English Literature and Creative writing. Aspiring novelist; lover of films and filmmaking; forever exploring a deeper meaning in everything. Travelled Australia and Japan, and am now a paid writer and editor.

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