I've created a monster, or at least a way to understand that monster. My character sheets have become an invaluable resource for my story building. So without further huzzah, here are the questions that take me roughly one hour to complete:
Describe in One Word:
Meyer’s Briggs Personality Type:
What does s/he smell like?
Style of Clothes (goth/nerd/jock):
circle the best fit for the character
Loner 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Popular
Introvert 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Extrovert
Unhealthy 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Healthy
Day 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Night
Optimist 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Pessimist
Simple 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Intelligent
Uncertain 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Confident
Controlled 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Emotional
Casual 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Formal
Cautious 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Reckless
Rude 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 Polite
Learning Type (Auditory/Visual/Kinesthetic)
How Childhood affects them:
What is their current marital/romantic status:
Extremely Skilled at:
Dirty Little Secret:
Best thing that has happened to them:
Worst thing that has happened to them:
Describe their “Sanctuary”:
Significance of Character:
Primary/Secondary Objective (Motivation):
How do they grow:
Comparison (S/he’s like…):
I often write more than just “brown” for eyes or hair. A short blurb you can copy into your story works best for those descriptions. This is your info dump. I try to give everyone a “Dirty Little Secret” that sometimes creeps into the story to add depth to a character arc.
“Impressions” are one of the most important areas to bring the characters to life. They are the ways other people see them and drive some of their motivations. What does their family think of them? Enemy? How do they feel about themselves?
Feel free to add or remove questions as you see fit. This is something you can pirate as much as you like, YAR!
I'm always on the lookout to improve these as well. Let me know your questions or methods for character creation in the comments below.