Tuesday Tiny Writing Tip #26 – Character Creation – Character Sheets

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One of the most helpful tools I use is a character sheets. A character sheet is the place where you store all the information about each of your characters. Well, there are people who only use them for main characters, but I’d advise you to write (at least a shorter version of) a profile for minor characters as well. Anyway, some people prefer to open a new document and just write whatever they come up with in paragraphs, but this can get messy:

Did I write the character’s eye color in the first paragraph or was it the third? And where is that description of their room? I can’t remember if they had a desk in it or not.

That’s why I prefer character sheets in the form of neat tables. The Additional info at the bottom of the table is where I could freely type in the information that doesn’t fit anywhere else in the form. Here’s an example of how the first rows of a character table could look like:

A picture example of the top of a character sheet table

You love the idea of character profiles (and who wouldn’t?!), but you don’t know what else to include in the table or how to create one? Don’t fret! In the FREEBIES section, you’ll find downloadable character sheets in three formats (pdf, doc and docx), each of which includes:

Character Sheet Tables for Character Creation

  • A basic character sheet for humans
  • A basic character sheet for humans and humanoids in Fantasy and Sci-Fi books
  • A basic character sheet for animals
  • An example of how to fill in each sheet (using characters from my books)
  • Suggestions on what else you can include in a character sheet (two lists – one for humans and one for animals)
  • A few useful notes that will help you develop your characters and come up with plot ideas

 

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