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Character Development / interview

Below is a character development/interview template that I’ve curated from others that I’ve found over the years. I’ve taken the parts I liked, deleted the parts that didn’t apply, and added some of my own to make this template exactly right for my needs. If you enjoy this please feel free to copy and save it for your own use. If you share it, please give credit and link back to me.


 Character Development

 Name

1.       Full Name

2.       Nickname(s)

 

Physical Characteristics

1.       Age at start

2.       Age at end

3.       Sex

4.       Sexuality

5.       Hair color

6.       Hair style

7.       Eye color

8.       Body type/Build

9.       Distinguishing Features

10.   Skin type/tone:  

11.   Sense of style

12.   Physical disabilities

 

 Personal Background

1.       Birthday

2.       Birthplace

3.       Education

4.       Employment

5.       Religion

6.       Current residence

7.       Past residence

 

Family Relationships

1.       Mother

2.       Father

3.       Siblings

4.       Children

5.       Relevant extended family

 

Romantic Relationships

1.       Current Spouse/Significant other

2.       Relevant Past Lover(s)

3.       Dated how long

4.       Ended due to divorce/breakup/death/still ongoing affair

 

 Platonic Relationships

1.       Friends

2.       Coworkers (if relevant)

3.       Other significant relationships relevant to the story

 

Pets

1.       How many

2.       Type(s)

3.        Name(s)

Hobbies & Interests

1.       Favorite movie genre(s)

2.       Favorite TV genre(s)

3.       Favorite book genre(s)

4.       Favorite music genre(s)

5.       Favorite food(s)

6.       Favorite color(s)

7.       Favorite sport to watch

8.       Skills/talents

9.       Hobbies


 Character Interview

1.       When you walk into a room what do you notice first? 

2.       What are your goals in life?

3.       What is your dream job?

4.       What is your most treasured possession? 

5.       What unusual hobbies or interests do you have? 

6.       If you had one wish, what would it be? 

7.       What do you like best about yourself? 

8.       What do you like least about yourself?

9.       What would you most like to change about yourself? Why?

10.   What do you like best about your best friend? 

11.   What do you like least about your best friend? 

12.   What are you keeping a secret? 

13.   What are you lying to yourself about? 

14.   To others?

15.   Who is the greatest love of your life?

16.   Is there anyone in your life that you are attracted to? 

17.   What scares you about this person? 

18.   What does this person know about you that no one else knows? 

19.   Is there anyone you hate or are enemies with? Why?

20.   If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

21.   What’s your greatest source of frustration? 

22.   What’s your greatest source of joy? 

23.   What are you especially proud of in your life? 

24.   If you could change anything about your life what would it be? 

25.   What would you die for?

26.   What do you live for?

27.   What would you kill for?

28.   What are you afraid of?

29.   Would you steal? If yes, under what circumstances?

30.   Would you lie? If yes, under what circumstances?

31.   How would you change the world?

32.   How would you change the people around you?

33.   What do you think other people think of you?

34.   Teachers?

35.   Other kids? 

36.   Best friends?

37.   Parents? 

38.   Siblings? 

39.   Other family members?

40.   What is your biggest pet peeve?

41.   Significant life events?

42.   What is your biggest success?

43.   If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

44.   What is something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?  

45.   Name a person, living or dead, you would like to meet.

46.   If you could have any superpower what would it be? Why?

47.   If you had a free day where your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

48.   What's the evilest thing you've ever done to someone? Why did you do it?

49.   What would be your epitaph?

50.   Do you like to cook?

51.   Do you eat healthy?

52.   Do you practice good hygiene?

53.   Do you hold the door open for the person behind you or do you let it go and slam in their face?

54.   If you could go back in time for one day, where would you go?

55.   Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

56.   Do you pick up your dog’s poop or keep walking and leave it in the neighbor’s yard?

57.   Are you right- or left handed?

58.   What is your favorite holiday?

59.   Do you believe in love at first sight?

60.   Do you read your daily horoscope?

61.   If you won the mega-lotto what would you do with the money?

62.   Do you have any tattoos or body piercings? If so, what/where?

63.   Do you or have you ever used recreational drugs?

64.   Have you ever been suicidal?

65.   What is your biggest regret?

66.   If you could go back in time to change it would you?

67.   Favorite alcoholic drink?

68.   Do you believe in ghosts? UFO’s? Bigfoot? Loch Ness monster? Chupacabra?

69.   If you could, would you want to know the exact date of your death? Why?

70.   If you could have a romantic involvement with any other of my characters from any other of my novels, who would it be with?

 Personality Traits

(Highlight all that apply)

 Absent-minded  Adventurous  Affectionate  Agreeable  Aggressive  Aloof  Ambitious  Analytical  Anti-social  Anxious  Apathetic  Appreciative  Argumentative  Articulate  Artistic  Assertive  Athletic  Awkward  Bitter  Bossy  Brave  Calculating  Callous  Careless  Cautious  Charismatic  Childish  Chivalrous  Cheerful  Clumsy  Compassionate  Competitive  Conceited  Condescending  Confident  Conformist  Considerate  Contemplative  Cooperative  Coward  Creative Critical  Cruel  Cultured  Curious  Cynical  Decisive  Deceptive  Delusional  Demanding  Dependable  Dependent  Depressed  Devious  Dignified  Disciplined  Discreet  Dishonest  Disloyal  Distrusting  Dominating  Downtrodden  Dramatic  Dreamy  Dull  Easygoing  Efficient  Empathetic  Empowering  Energetic  Enthusiastic  Entrepreneurial  Extrovert  Fair  Faithful  Family-oriented  Fastidious Feminine  Flamboyant  Flexible  Flirtatious  Foolish  Friendly  Frivolous  Frugal  Funny  Generous  Gentle  Good-Listener  Gossipy  Graceful  Grouchy  Gullible  Handy  Hard-hearted  Harsh  Health-conscious  Hedonistic  Histrionic  Honest  Honorable  Hot-tempered  Humble  Hypochondriac  Idealistic  Imaginative  Immature  Intolerant  Impatient  Impulsive Inconsiderate  Indecisive  Independent  Industrious  Inflexible  Inhibited  Innocent  Insecure  Integrity  Intelligent  Intense  Introspective  Introvert  Intuitive  Irrational  Jealous  Judgmental  Kind-hearted  Lazy  Leader  Lecherous  Light-hearted  Logical  Loner  Loud  Loyal  Manipulative  Masculine  Materialistic  Mature  Melodramatic  Melancholic  Merciful  Merciless  Messy  Meticulous  Modest  Moody  Musical  Naive  Narcissistic  Narrow-minded  Nature-lover  Neat  Nostalgic  Nurturing  Observant  Obsessive  Organized  Optimistic  Passionate  Passive  Passive-aggressive  Patient  Perfectionist  Persistent  Persuasive  Perverted  Pessimistic  Petty  Pleaser  Polite  Pompous  Practical  Procrastinator  Promiscuous  Proud  Punctual  Rational  Rebellious  Reserved  Resourceful  Responsible Restrained  Romantic  Rude  Sanctimonious  Sarcastic  Secretive  Seductive  Self-centered  Selfish  Sensitive  Sentimental  Serene  Sexy  Shallow  Shrewd  Shy  Smug  Sneaky  Snobbish  Sociable  Spiritual  Spontaneous  Stingy  Stubborn  Stylish  Submissive  Supportive  Suspicious  Suave  Tacky  Tactful  Tech-savvy  Tenacious  Thoughtful  Thoughtless  Tolerant  Tough  Trusting  Unconventional  Undisciplined  Ungrateful  Unimaginative  Unorganized  Unpretentious  Vain  Vindictive  Violent  Vivacious  Vulgar  Wasteful  Weak  Willful  Wise  Workaholic  Whiny  Youthful  Zany