I'm working on the characterization of a new fantasy novel. It was suggested that it might be fun to post the characterization sheets that I do for my books. So here goes, this is a partial for the heroine Meara. At this point I have not decided on a last name. This is a work in progress. I will update this as I work on my story.
CHARACTER CHARTDate this chart was completed:Character's Full Name: Meara
Reason or meaning of name:Happy
Nickname: Mer Reason for nickname: Just shortened form One syllable
Birth date: April 30
Astrological Sign: Taurus
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE:Age: 24 How old does s/he appear?
Eye Color: brown Glasses or contacts: glasses for reading
Weight: 125 Height: 5' 7"
Type of body/build: slender
Skin tone: pale Skin type:
Shape of face: oval Distinguishing Marks:
Predominant feature: eyes
Hair color: blond/amber
Distinguishable hair feature (bald,
receding hairline, etc.): widows peak
Type of hair (coarse, fine, thick, etc?) thick
Character's typical hairstyle: pony tale
Is s/he healthy?
If not, why not:
FAVORITES:Character's favorite color: yellow
Character's least favorite color: brown
Favorite Music: country
Least favorite Music: hip hop
Food: prawns on rice
Literature: old classics
Expressions: You don't understand
Mode of transportation: motorcycle
Daredevil or cautious? cautious
Same when alone?
HABITS:Smokes: Nope What?
When and how much?
Drinks: What? red wine
When and how much?
How does character spend a rainy day? reading/drinking hot chocolate
BACKGROUND:Hometown: Small suburb outside LA
Type of childhood: well loved/normal until both parents vanished when she was 16.
First memory: going to grandparents house and watching the birds
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her: Parent's disappearance
Education: high school drop out/ self taught
Finances: none to speak of/no money
Relationship with her: best friend--only one who understood her
Relationship with him: close--sports together--
How many? none Birth order:
Relationship with each:
Children of siblings:
Close? everyone is gone Why or why not?
OCCUPATIONWhere does Character work? computer hacker For how long?
How does s/he feel about co-workers? Get along with co-workers?
Like his/her job? loves job except when videos of serial killers come through Why or why not?
Character's dream job: she has it
ATTITUDE:Character's greatest fear: losing a member of her team
What is the worst thing that could happen to him/her? make a mistake that could cost a life
What single event would most throw character's life in complete turmoil?
Why? falling in love
Character is most at ease when: in front of the computer
Most ill at ease when: at parties and forced to socialize
Depressive or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?
Priorities: her team
How s/he feels about self: doesn't really think about self--others come first--unworthy
Past failure s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about:
Why? her illegal adventures hacking government sights--eventually caught
If granted one wish, what would it be? Why? Her parents come back
PERSONALITY:Greatest source of strength in character's personality (whether s/he sees it as
such or not):perseverance--problem solver
Greatest source of weakness in character's personality (whether s/he sees it as
such or not: unable to quit
Character's soft spot: babies
Is this soft spot obvious to others? no
If not, how does character hide it? she is rarely around babies
Biggest vulnerability: envy
Which of the 7 deadly sins does your character fight (or give into, willingly or not)?
(lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride) envy
Which of the 7 virtues does your character have (or fight against)?
(chastity, abstinence, liberality, diligence, patience, kindness, humility) patience
TRAITS:Optimist or pessimist: pessimist Why? because of her parents loss
Introvert or extrovert: introvert Why?
Drives and motivations:
Extremely skilled at: logic
Extremely unskilled at: creativity
Character's darkest secret:
Does anyone else know?
If yes, did character tell them?
If no, how did they find out?
SELF-PERCEPTION:One word CHARACTER would use to describe self:
One paragraph description of how CHARACTER would describe self:
What does CHARACTER consider best physical characteristic?
What does CHARACTER consider worst physical characteristic?
Are these realistic assessments?
If not, why not?
How CHARACTER thinks others perceive him/her:
What four things would CHARACTER most like to change about self? (#1 most
important, #2 second most important, etc.)
If change #1 was made, would character be as happy as s/he thinks?
If not, why not?
INTERRELATION WITH OTHERS:Is character divorced?
Has character ever cheated on significant other?
How does character relate to others?
How is s/he perceived by...
How does character view hero/heroine?
First impression: Why?
What happens to change this perception?
What do family/friends like most about character?
What do family/friends like least about character?
How does character plan to accomplish these goals?
How will other characters be affected?
PROBLEMS/CRISIS:How character reacts in a crisis:
How character faces problems:
Kinds of problems character usually runs into:
How character reacts to NEW problems:
How character reacts to change:
Favorite clothing: Why?
Least favorite clothing: Why?
Where does character live?
Where does character want to live?
Spending habits (frugal, spendthrift, etc): Why?
What does s/he do too much of?
Too little of?
Most prized possession: Why?
Play musical instrument? Which?
How did s/he learn?
UNCATEGORIZED:Person character secretly admires:
Person character was most influenced by:
Most important person in character's life before story starts:
How does character spend the week before the story starts?