Literature – Writing Roadblocks – Character Sheet

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Writing Roadblocks

Hello Readers, Writers, Teachers, and Children! Do you ever feel like your characters are falling a little flat? Do they lack the depth that you love when reading a story? Do you feel blocked because you don’t know what your character would do next?

The secret to creating a great character is simple. In fact, there’s only one step. Get to know your character! Because, after all, if you don’t know who your character is, how are you going to convey them to anyone else?

Try this nifty outline for a character sheet. Just put yourself in your character’s shoes and fill in the blanks like you’re at the DMV. You’re going to learn things about your character that you never knew or wanted to know. Here we go!

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Name:

Role:

Age:

Species:

Race:

Gender:

Height:

Weight:

Build:

Hair Color:

Eye Color:

Skin Tone:

Character Description:

Traits:

Fears/Phobias:

Skills/Talents:

Education:

Relationships:

Current Residence:

Previous Residence:

External Conflict:

External Motivation:

Internal Conflict:

Internal Motivation:

Notes:

I once used this with a hamster named Samson. I found out that he learned to be a survival expert by watching TV, and he memorized the periodic table of elements from a poster (Not much for a hamster to do in that little cage). If you discover anything interesting or bizarre about your characters, leave a comment about it.

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