Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Character Development Tools

Do the Story Engine Steps First:
Theme and Dilemma
Protagonist Antagonist Conflict
Character Functions

Some More Tools:
25 things a Great Character Needs
More Character Tips

Character Templates 
(based on the life spheres)


Simple Template For Side Characters:
Full Name and (Nickname)
Basic Character Description
Goal in the Story/Objective:
Basic Personal Drive/Story specific Need:
Outlook
Attitude: 
Basic Arc:
Story related and Character Functions:
Other Archetypes
Characterization___________
Personality:
Physical Attributes:
Social Attributes:
Demographic Stats:
Beliefs and Morals:
Background:
Aspirations:



In Depth Character Template for Main Characters:

Full Character Name_(Nickname)_______________________________
Character Basics
Basic Character Description
Goal in the Story/Objective:
Basic Personal Drive/Story specific Need:
Outlook
Attitude: 
Basic Arc
Main Dilemma:
Story related Functions:
Other Archetypes:
Character Details
Physical/Body
Age:
Gender:
Ethnicity/Kind/Species:
Physical Description (Body type,Weight, Height, Hair Color, Eye Color, Complexion, Physical oddities):Physical Limitations (allergies, illnesses, handicaps, Chemical dependency):
Fashion (hair style, apparel, eyewear, common accessories):
Most Desired Physical State:
Most feared Physical State:
Important/ Sentimental Objects and Places
Emotional/Soul/Mind
Basic personality description:
Basic Desire/Pressure/Idol (see P-type):
Basic Fear/Distress/most afraid of (see P-type):
Potential Personality Disorder Traits/Villainous side, darkside (P-type disorder):
Enneagram attributes
Mental Strengths:
Mental Weaknesses:
Virtues/Hero Side:
Overall Emotional Level:
Quirks and Character Windows:
Vices:
Important Favorites (food, entertainments, places etc):
Sexual Preferences/fantasies:
Natural Talents:
Acquired Abilities:
Artistic/musical?:
Pastimes/hobbies:
Social Sphere
Relational Strengths/Confidences:
Relational Weaknesses/Fears:
Masks (around who, what they are and what’s behind them, home, work, family, friends):
Best Friends:
Friends and Allies:
Notable Acquaintances:
Opponents:
Major Social Spheres Involved in:
Family:
Relationship Status:
Children:
Pets:
Cultural Status/Demographic
Income:
Living Situation/Location:
Transportation:
Education:
Standing/rank/class/etc:
Morals/Beliefs
Religious Beliefs:
Political beliefs:
Current Morals/Definition of Justice:
Traditions Raised with:
Values raised with:
The Character in Time/ Background
Childhood:
Traumas:
Family:
Criminal Past:
Best things to ever happen to them:
Most Remembered Moments:
Oddest things that happened to them:
Biggest Regrets:
Background story:
Character Dreams and Purpose
Why they get up every morning?:
Driving obsessions:
Dreams, Aspirations:
Where they see themselves in 10 years:
What makes them feel like they have Fulfillment and Purpose:
What makes them feel Meaningless, Empty, purposeless:

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