How to write an in-depth character profile – a writer resource

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to write a book. I want to see my name in bookstores and be the person people talk about at bookclubs, but most of all I want to share my writing and hard work with the rest of the world. I’ve had a few go’s at it, but I have failed each time. I’ve either given up and forgotten about it or I’ve got stuck and don’t know where to go with the story. I now know where I went wrong – I neglected the most important part of writing a book, I didn’t plan. I don’t know why, I just didn’t think it was necessary – this method may work for a lot of people but I definitely think I’m one of those people that has to plan every part of the story meticulously before even thinking of starting to write.

I’ve started again, and for the past 2 weeks I have been planning and I still have a lot of planning to do but I have a really good feeling about this. I know exactly where I want to story to go, I know exactly how it want it to start and end and all the bits in between. I’ve done a lot, and I mean a lot, of research on writing techniques, character development, you name it – I’ve spent hour reading about it. On my ganders through the internet I came across a brilliant resource for creating a really in-depth character profile.

Here it is below:

Basic Statistics

Socioeconomic level as a child:
Socioeconomic level as an adult:
Current Residence:
Birth order:
Siblings (describe relationship):
Spouse (describe relationship):
Children (describe relationship):
Grandparents (describe relationship):
Grandchildren (describe relationship):
Significant Others (describe relationship):
Relationship skills:

Physical Characteristics:

Eye Color:
Hair Color:
Glasses or contact lenses?
Skin color:
Shape of Face:
Distinguishing features:
How does he/she dress?
Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.)
Favorite Sayings:
Speech patterns:
Style (Elegant, shabby etc.):
Greatest flaw:
Best quality:

Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Educational Background:
Intelligence Level:
Any Mental Illnesses?
Learning Experiences:
Character’s short-term goals in life:
Character’s long-term goals in life:
How does Character see himself/herself?
How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others?
How self-confident is the character?
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
What would most embarrass this character?

Emotional Characteristics

Introvert or Extrovert?
How does the character deal with anger?
With sadness?
With conflict?
With change?
With loss?
What does the character want out of life?
What would the character like to change in his/her life?
What motivates this character?
What frightens this character?
What makes this character happy?
Is the character judgmental of others?
Is the character generous or stingy?
Is the character generally polite or rude?

Spiritual Characteristics

Does the character believe in God?
What are the character’s spiritual beliefs?
Is religion or spirituality a part of this character’s life?
If so, what role does it play?

How the Character is Involved in the Story

Character’s role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.):
Scene where character first appears:
Relationships with other characters:

1. Character’s Name: — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
2. Character’s Name: — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
3. Character’s Name: — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
4. Character’s Name: — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).

How character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began:

Additional Notes on This Character:


By filling out all the questions about your character, you get to know them better than you know yourself. You create a brilliant picture of you character for you to work on when you start writing your book, making it almost impossible for you to not have a consistent personality for your character. I’ve chosen to do this for my two main characters, but I may do it for other important characters along the way. I think this is absolutely fantastic and it’s helped me lots – I hope it helps you too!


***I found this on the internet, I can’t remember the site I found it on so if this is your work then please please let me know and I will fully credit you and link back to your page/website***


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