Character Template

Below is a template I am designing to build my character encyclopedia. I'd love to hear comments on how to improve it.

#**CHARACTER

##**Character Summary:
What are a few important points pertinent to the character for the present story?

##**Physical Description:
– Age:
– Build:
– Eyes:
– Hair:
– Appearance:
– Nationality:
– Education
– Work Experience
– Life Experience
– Talents
– Personality: Introverted? Class Clown? Opinionated? Anger Issues?
– Unique Identifier:

##**Back Story / History
This is the “origin” story for your character. It describes pertinent events which shaped the character into whom s/he has become and why s/he behaves as s/he does. This leads into motivations.

##**Motivations
Once you understand the events which shaped the character you can better describe what the motivations are behind the actions and goals.

##**Goals
This is limited to the current story. A goal is required to have conflict. Even having a goal of no goal is a goal. What does your character hope to achieve?

##**Conflict
Simply put, what is preventing your character from achieving her/his goal? Is it another character, nature, disease? To make the story interesting you must have a compelling obstacle.

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