How to Create Character Profiles

character profiles

Characters that will capture your readers’ hearts.

When writing a novel, few elements are more important than a cast of realistic characters. Most readers will forgive plot holes, setting inconsistencies and the occasional spelling error if they fall in love with your protagonist (or antagonist. Never underestimate the power of a relatable villain.)

To make your characters come alive, you need to dig a littleĀ That’s where character profiles come into play.

A character profile is a tool of exploration. Through it, you can organize your thoughts about each character and delve deeper into their psyche. By understanding where they come from, their relationships with other characters, and what motivates their actions, it is easier to write with dimension.

Character profiles also help preserve the continuity of your novel. During the editing stage, they act as a resource for ensuring the consistency of details and dialogue. For example, you may discover that you’ve described a character’s eye color as blue in chapter 4, then green in chapter 15. Without your character profile as a reference, you might have overlooked this mistake.

You can make your profiles as detailed as you like. Through writing, you may discover that you only need a short list of bullet points to work off of; others will benefit from more in-depth breakdowns. What works for you may also differ from book to book or genre to genre.

Play a little. Try out different tactics. With enough practice, you’ll soon be writing characters that steal your readers’ hearts.

 

Character Profile Template

Downloads: Microsoft Word, PDF

Basic Information

Full Name:
Nickname:
Race:
Ethnicity:
Nationality:
Age:

Appearance & Mannerisms

Hair:
Eyes:
Skin:
Height:
Build:
Scent:
Gait:
Clothing/Style:
Style of Speech:
Key Possessions:

Citizenship

Social Status:
Occupation:
Education:
Residence:

Personality

Likes:
Dislikes:
Hobbies:
Personality Summary:

Relationships

Friends/Allies:
Enemies/Rivals:
Family:
Romantic Interest:
Pets:

Abilities

Magical:
Martial:

Progression

Background:
Internal Conflicts:
External Conflicts:
Character Arc:

Additional Notes

For random musings and listing anything not covered by the above sections.

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