When writing, some characters are easy to craft and define. They are clear in your mind and their main characteristics are evident as you write their story.
Then there are the other ones.
They are difficult, elusive, and secretive.
Those are the ones you may want to use a character development worksheet with.
What is a Character Development Worksheet?
A character development worksheet is a tool to getting a good look at your featured characters in your story.
This worksheet will help you define the physical appearance of your characters. What color is their hair? What color are the eyes? What is their skin tone like? Are they tall, short, thin, fat, muscular, pudgy?
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You’ll find worksheets also help you understand the space in which your character operates. Where do they live and work? What country, town, neighborhood? What does the building or room do they spend their time look like?
Another way these worksheets are useful, is in defining or understanding their state of mind. What motivates them? What discourages them? Do they thrive on interaction with other people or does that stress them? What sort of things do they do to escape their reality?
I’ve developed a simple Character Reference Sheet. This tool will help you begin to understand your characters.
Use this worksheet for each of your characters. Spend some time answering these questions and you’ll have a better image of each one in your mind.