I am the first to admit that I am obsessive and neurotic when it comes to certain things. If I don’t absolutely love a name I have chosen for a character, I can’t form any real interest in the actual character. I am always fiddling with my bio summaries and various profiles to try and find a new way to improve upon them. Just like I am always moving my futon or side table to some other spot in my living room, the widgets on my blogs are in a constant state of being shuffled to and fro.
Keeping all this in mind, I am equally obsessed with making character sheets for my characters. I wanted a way to ensure I knew every tiny detail about the important people, and when I needed to go back and remember what eye color that one guy back in chapter three had, well wouldn’t you know, there’s a handy-dandy sheet with his information on it. It was also important to make sure all this was easily contained on one page, because I wanted to be able to alphabetize the characters by name in the three-ring binder notebook I have that contains all information for ELVEN SOUL (which has been printed off from my laptop, so really the notebook is a back-up).
This got me to thinking. Do you other writerly folks enjoy making character sheets for your characters? What about your locations? Here’s a PDF of the character sheet I’ve put together. I specialize in high fantasy, so this particular character sheet may not be as useful to someone that, say, writes contemporary romance (unless your characters tend to carry around weapons and worship strange gods). Feel free to print it off and use it yourself though, as well as share your own if you have any!