I’m currently using this character sheet formula to create my characters. Here’s the WIP for my scifi romantic lead.
LAYER ONE: THE GAMESHOW INTRODUCTION.
An impetuous risk taker, determined to marry the woman he loves.
LAYER TWO: PICKING APART THE OVERVIEW
Love of woman
Age: 32 (age 7 when his father dies, 8 when his mother leaves)
What motivates them: Proving that he’s not his father, that he’s worth sticking around for, worth caring about, generally worth something
Role in story: Male Romantic Lead
LAYER THREE: INNER VALUES AND MANNERISMS
(I’ll actually post this on Wednesday as an interview between Ed and a physiologist)
LAYER FOUR: ENRICHING DETAIL
Occupation: Lyra space securities pilot (military)
Personality: a career in risk taking, embraces violence as a career and doesn’t see anything wrong with that. Rushes in, at the helm of the lead ship, analysing consequences later, he’s the fist of the military. Extrovert. Constantly in search of someone who will stay, for him and striving to prove that he is an honourable, trustworthy man.
Hair: Chestnut, military cut
Height & Weight: 6.3, muscled and fit.
Clothes: Clean, neat, casual and comfortable
Hands: Large, thick fingers, callused, working mans hands
Manner of speaking (accent, phrases etc): haven’t got this sorted for him yet.
Habits: Runs 15km everyday. Always a little tense around people he likes, like he’s waiting for them to leave.
Narrator’s Opinion: Rash, romantic, pained, emotional vulnerable, hero complex
How they react to strange situations, adversity: He tackles everything head on, without thinking, he rushes forward
Obsessions: His career, adrenaline seeking
Hobbies: Running, gym junkie
Family situation: His father died when he was 7 and his mother left when he was 8.
Relationship situation: Dating Lexie
Nationality: Believes he’s Lyran
Flashbacks: Childhood without his family, carrying around the stain his father left behind
Contrasting with a different character: He’s fire, she’s water
LAYER FIVE: HISTORY
Write at least a paragraph about each of the following life stages of your character (until now – i.e. if they are a teenager, only do baby, child and teenager):
Baby: Happy fellow, creative, caring, constantly on the move. Walked before he was one.
Child: After his fathers death he began fighting other kids, reacting out against the whispers and teasing. Once his mother left he began trying to prove to everyone that he was reliable, his impetuous nature often got him into some trouble.
Teenager: Rebelled as a teen until he got heavily into sport and then guided into military training. He found himself here and began to try to prove himself as be better then everyone else, better then his father, trustworthy and reliable.
Young Adult: He excelled in his military training and joined the professional core as a young adult. Gaining rank and praise at fast speed.