Ultimate Collection of Free Character Development Worksheets

Exclusive NaNoWriMo Week 1 Download

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is here! For the next 30 days or so, we writers dig in and write, write, write our hearts out so we can have a completed story in just 30 days. Heck, planning a novel can take longer than 30 days! That’s why we want to help give you some helpful tips and worksheets to get your story ideas together more quickly (so you don’t have to stress over it while you’re actually writing).

In this free Writer’s Digest excerpt from Victoria Lynn Schmidt’s Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days, you get quick tips on how to develop your characters as well as worksheets allowing you to sketch each character out. With the help of this download, you’ll have all your character details sorted out and will be able to reference each worksheet while writing so you will save time and be able to hit your daily word count. Best of all, the download is FREE!

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How to Write a Novel in a Month: Character Story Sketch

As you start on the exciting and thrilling journey that is NaNoWriMo and writing a novel in 30 days, you can save time by filling out these character worksheets. By knowing the character’s name, age, hair color, job, archetype, style of dress, fears and much, much more, you’ll be able to stop stressing out during your writing sessions and can just turn toward the sheet and get the info you need to move forward. Here is a breakdown of the three main worksheets provided in this free download:

Character Story Sketch: This worksheet helps to bring out those elements that relate to the plot as well as the standard biographical elements. For example: “Sara is a tall brunette with a few extra pounds and whole lot of confidence.”

Character Snapshot: This worksheet provides a quick overview of your main characters and expands on the story sketch information, revealing more depth about the psychology of each character. Under “Trauma,” for instance, you might write: “Sara was abused as a child.”

Character-Revealing Scenes: This worksheet allows you to out- line the possible scenes that will reveal each of the categories in the Character Story Sketch and Character Snapshot worksheets regarding the main characters. (you can use the scenes you have listed in your outline if you want to and add elements to reveal the main characters.) For example, a scene that relates to the character’s “Trauma” might be: “Sara watches as the woman in the store hits her daughter. Her muscles tighten. She just can’t contain herself, not after what she went through as a child. No. She has to speak up!”

Start National Novel Writing Month on the right foot with this helpful free download!

So whether you need help writing a novel in a month or help writing a book at anytime (because, let’s face it, not everyone can dedicate 30 straight days to writing), these worksheets will give you a solid foundation of information to include in your story. Keep this download and use it/reference it as often as you want—so you can spend less time working about how to plan a novel and more time focused on writing your novel.

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