Character Development Worksheet
Character’s Full Name:
Nickname, if any:
Does s/he like the nickname:
Place of birth:
Degree of religious practice, if any:
Does s/he rent or own – apartment/home/trailer:
Brief description of home:
Does s/he live with anyone?
Describe the area where s/he lives – big city, town, rural, other:
Home decor – expensive? inexpensive? carefully planned? comfortable? neat? cluttered?
When someone walks in, what’s his/her first impression?
Does s/he have pets? What kind? How many?
How important are the pets to this person?
Income level: paycheck-to-paycheck, deep in debt, criminal activity?
What type of car do they drive? Make/model/color/age/etc..
Marital status: with whom, how long?
Pet names for current spouse/partner?
How did they meet?
Relationship with child/ren?
Likes / dislikes? Food, drink, color, book, films?
Goals: Short term? Long term?
What or who is stopping him/her from attaining their goals?
What is his/her body type?
Does s/he wear contacts? Glasses? Hearing aid?
Any prominent features: freckles/moles/scars/tattoos:
General health: any chronic conditions or health problems?
Style of clothing: expensive, average, shabby
Any special jewelry: meaning of piece?
Hair style: long/short/crew cut/bangs? Thick, thin, wiry, smooth, wavy, curly?
Grooming: average, clean but sloppy, unkempt, every hair in place?
Addictions: Smoker? Drugs? Gambling habit?
Skills or talents?
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE:
Pace – fast, average, slow?
Voice tone: shrill, deep, squeaky, hoarse?
Favorite words, phrases, or curse words?
Speech pattern: educated, precise, pretentious, average, childish, etc?
Mannerisms/demeanor: cool/confident, volatile/moody, nervous/fidgety/shy?
Gestures: clenched fists, finger drumming, hands in pockets, etc?
EVERYDAY BEHAVIOR / HABITS:
Afternoon / workday routine:
Where do they have their meals? With whom?
Home town (grew up):
Type of childhood: happy, troubled, dull, abusive?
Most significant childhood memory?
Happiest memories / Saddest memories?
How much schooling did they get: finish high school / college?
Significant past jobs:
Police record? For what?
Convicted? Time served?
Major accidents / trauma?
Mother’s maiden name:
Mother’s current status: living/deceased?
Mother’s relationship with character:
Same questions for Father:
Siblings? Natural, or foster/step?
Step-parents / Foster parents?