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Posted on Dec 07, 2023

The Ultimate Character Profile Template [Download your copy]

As you work towards building characters that can sustain a story and keep your readers engaged, it’s important not to lose track of details. A little slip can result in your protagonist’s backstory getting muddy and changing between chapters.

To help you better develop your character, we’ve created a free character profile template that you can download. You can edit it on your computer and print it out so you have it to hand.

Download: Character Profile Template

This downloadable character profile template will come as a fillable PDF file. Simply save it onto your computer and start typing in the text boxes to start developing your character.

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Reedsy’s Character Profile Template

A story is only as strong as its characters. Fill this out to develop yours.

Additional resources

If you're still hankering for more character-creation resources, don't worry — we've got you covered with a few more ideas.

Reedsy’s Planning Boards

Reedsy has a feature on its free book-writing app that allows you to create character profiles that really dig deep into who your character is. It’s simple. Create a new board in Reedsy’s book-writing app, and then make a new note for each character profile you want to create.

You can fill the note with all the relevant information you have and even paste it into your completed character profile from another document. Along with that, you can organize your characters in groups and even link them in relationships.

Within each note, you can add any information you want, including the answers to the character profile you filled out. This is a great place to get a quick overview of your character, and you can quickly refer to it at any point in your writing.

Meanwhile, if you want to try out some other methods, these questionnaires can be helpful in getting you to consider new things and really dig deep into who your character is. 

Arthur Aron’s Intimacy Test

What it is: A questionnaire of 36 questions that the New York Times in 2015 said would break down emotional barriers and accelerate intimacy between two strangers.

Some sample questions:

  1. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
  2. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?
  3. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself your life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know?

The Book of Questions

What it is: A series of questions by Gregory Stock that was initially published in 1987. (Note: you can find a PDF of 300+ questions here.)

Some sample questions:

  1. At a meal, your friends start belittling a common acquaintance. If you felt their criticisms were unjustified, would you defend the person?
  2. Are you able to separate sex from love?
  3. When you make a big sacrifice, do you tell people about it or keep it to yourself? What would you never willingly sacrifice? Your life? Your health? Your integrity? Your dreams?

Vault’s 101 Behavioral Questions

What it is: A set of 101 interview questions from career site, Vault.

Some sample questions:

  1. Where do you see yourself in ten years? Twenty years?
  2. Tell me about yourself in 30 seconds.
  3. Tell me about a time you had to break a promise. What was the situation, and how did you handle it?

If that isn’t enough and you’re looking for even more questions to ask about your character and fill out your character profile, check out the next post in this guide: our character questionnaire.

 

The Ultimate Character Profile Template

Unique characters drive compelling stories. Develop yours with our free template.

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