Developing A Character Sketch

Now that you’ve developed a character profile, take it a step further and create the character sketch.  The sketch adds further depth to the character you are creating. While many of the factors used in the profile are “givens” (such as gender, age, birthplace, etc.), the specifics of the sketch often represent choices the character has made.  Some of the qualities you can flesh out in the character sketch include:



Appearance                                        


Dress


Strengths                                                        


Weakness


Obsessions


Ambition


Work Habits


Hobbies


Friends


Pets


Politics


Tics


Diet                                        


Illness


Drugs              


Favorite Kinds of Coffee


Cigarettes                              


Alcohol


Favorite Books, Movies, Music


Desires                                               


Fears


Most Traumatic Event


Most Wonderful Experience


Their Major Struggle, Past and Present?



As in creating the character profile, not every detail you come up with will work for this character, but hang on to the interesting ones. You might be able to use them someday!


Happy writing!

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