What’s a wonderful plot set in a gorgeously built world full of the unexpected without a well-rounded character? Only half a story, lost and bumbling. A character worksheet or outline can help. I’ve done this a couple of times and found it so much fun to answer the questions with the voice of the character, changing the worksheet into an interview. The exercise, which was one that I would never have done before, really helped me to flesh out my protagonist and her sidekick, allowing for more dynamic characters to interact with each other and the worlds I’ve created.
Here, feel free to steal!
Character Interview Worksheet
- Do you have a nickname?
- Are there other names that different people use to address you?
- Do you know how people talk about you behind your back?
What is your Age?
What Gender are you?
What is your Ethnicity?
What Species are you (including artificial life-form)?
Please provide a Physical Description-
- How would you rate your Attractiveness?
- Describe your Face:
- Describe your Hair:
- Describe your Eyes:
- Describe your Complexion:
- Are there any Other Physical Considerations you’d like to share?
What kind of Costumes do you like to wear?
What is your Relationship Status?
What is your Economic Status?
What exactly is your Profession?
Are you a member of the dominant racial, sexual, cultural, and/or religious order, or are you part of a minority?
- How would you describe it?
- How do you think others might describe you?
What are your Fears, Phobias, and Weaknesses?
Tell us about your Family-
- Of Origin:
- At Present:
Do you have any Friends?
Do you have any Pets?
How do you express Love?
Can you give us a rundown of your Education and Intelligence?
What do you see as your Gifts and Talents?
How would you describe your Self-Esteem?
How would you describe your Zeal?
What is your main goal at this point in your life?
Where do you live?
What does you residence look like?
What is the first thing a visitor might notice?
Are you comfortable with technology?
Do you think it is good or bad?
What do you believe is the highest virtue a person can possess?
Do you possess it?
Do you follow any Religion?
What do you do when nobody is looking?
Describe the essence of “you” in one sentence, using a metaphor or simile.
~Sarah Ockershausen Delp