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Anne Olwin Copyright 2007

Character Development Worksheet

Characters Full Name __________________________


Characters Nickname(s) __________________________
Significance of the name and/or nickname _____________________________________
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Physical Characteristics:
Describe each physical characteristic and, on the line below each, tell how the character
feels about the characteristic (self-perception).
Age _____________
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Age character actually appears and the reason why______________________________
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Hair color and style ______________________________________________________
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Eye color ______________________________________________________________
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Height ________________________________________________________________
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Weight _________________________________________________________________
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Body type/Build ________________________________________________________
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Shape of Face and Distinguishing Features ___________________________________
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Coloring _______________________________________________________________
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Cleanliness _____________________________________________________________
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Noticeable handicaps _____________________________________________________
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Sense of style ____________________________________________________________
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Thing the character would most like to change about him/herself and why________________________________________________________________________
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Intelligences and Attitudes:


Circle the ones that apply: Mechanical
Analytical
Physical (sports)
Technical
Social
Artistic
Mathematical
Musical
Introspective
Optimistic
Pessimistic
Rational
Irrational
Kindhearted
Hardhearted
Calculating
Sneaky
Integrity
Honorable
Downtrodden
Strong
Weak
Careless
Punctual
Thoughtful
Fastidious
Authentic
Brave
Barbaric
Gentle
Thoughtless
Melodramatic
Phlegmatic
Choleric
Sanguine
Melancholy
Introvert
Extrovert
Others personal attributes __________________________________________________
Talents _________________________________________________________________
Drive and Motivators in Characters Life
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Likes
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Dislikes
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Pet peeves
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Value Character places on Things and Why
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Spirituality
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Habits:
Common Expressions
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Mannerisms, peculiarities and quirks
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Fun Pursuits/ Favorite pastimes
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Hobbies
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Relationships:
Family (Who and describe the relationship)
Mother
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Father____________________________________________________________
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Siblings
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Spouse/Lover______________________________________________________
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Children
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Friendships (Who and describe the relationships)
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Other significant relationships to characters in the story
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Pets
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General behavior toward others
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Describe how others perceive the character and note any disparity between views
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Significant Personal History:


Birthplace _____________________________________
Upbringingwhere and how
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Educationwhere and what
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Significant Events
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Biggest Success
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Current Situation
Describe each and tell how the character feels about them.
Residence
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Vehicles
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Stuff (Belongings)
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Job/ Employment
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Relationships
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Hardships that linger
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Delights that linger
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Biggest Regret
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Secrets and who knows about them
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Secret Hopes and Dreams


Places character would like to visit
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Things character would like to do
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People character would like to meet
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Who character would most like to emulate and why
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Long-range goals
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Short-range goals
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Author Analysis of Character


This character makes a good:
Hero, because _____________________________________________________
Villain, because ____________________________________________________
Supporting Character, because _________________________________________
Im intrigued by this character because:
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Time-period that best fits this character: _______________________________________
Setting that best fits this character: ___________________________________________
Other characters needed to make this character work:
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