I’m putting together a collection of templates/forms/tools that I use that may be useful for other writers. I’ll keep building this list over time. If you find any of these useful, please share the link and let me know. Just click the header for each document.
This is a 4 page Word document. If you have a character that you really want to build details for, this sheet may just get you what you need. Physical appearance, favorites, habits, family, children, occupation, attitude, personality, traits, self-perception, problems/crisis, technical prowess, and general information. The document is complete with text form fields so you can tab your way through it.
Sometimes I need a quick name for a minor character that makes a brief appearance. If you don’t mind the advertisements that are all the place then this site may give you a character that doesn’t require deep development in just a click. What I liked is the ability to pick a nationality under the “Name Set”. The list is pretty large as it offers name sets from French to Danish to Arabic to Klingon. If you need a regional location for this person you can pick what country they might be living in and the generator will create an address for you. Other neat data elements that are generated include: Mother’s maiden name, birth date, type of car they drive, blood type, height and weight, and for those looking for a visual you can even create a QR code for your character. Not a deep dive into a character but certainly enough to give you a quick fix when you need a character in a hurry.