Building a Character Profile

As I’ve stressed in a previous post, character building is the single most important element to beginning a novel. Here I am going to show you how to flesh out your character and begin to make them come to life. Below you will find a basic character profile and an advanced character profile. The basic profile is your character skeleton and the advanced profile is the flesh that allows you to dig deeper into their psyche. 

Basic Profile

  • Name:
  • Age:
  • Ethnicity:
  • Height:
  • Weight:
  • Relationship status:
  • Born:
  • Hometown:
  • Likes:
  • Dislikes:
  • Eye colour:
  • Hair colour:
  • Body type:
  • Tattoos/piercings:
  • Blemishes/Birthmarks:
  • Language:
  • Positive traits:
  • Negative traits:
  • Religion:
  • Hobbies:
  • Friends:
  • Relatives:

Advanced Profile

  • If their house was burning down what one item would they pick and why
  • Wildest dream they ever had
  • Worst nightmares/fears
  • Who is their hero and why
  • If they had three wishes what would they be 
  • Future ambitions
  • What motivates them
  • Philosophy on the meaning of life
  • If they could become anybody in the world who would it be and why
  • Greatest asset/greatest flaw
  • Biggest vice
  • What three things annoy them the most
  • What three personality traits do they value the most in another person
  • What is their proudest achievement
  • What is their darkest secret
  • How would their friends describe them
  • How would their enemies describe them 
  • Where are they on the lone wolf- sociable butterfly spectrum
  • General health and history of any accidents/medical treatment/scars
  • What are their most precious possessions
  • What possessions do they always carry on them and why
  • Favourite hiding place

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