Over time, I have come across much information on how to outline characters and give them an appearance and personality. What I longed for was a tool that would allow me to simply have all there is on a character in one place, with simple questions that will help you define your character’s identity and personality, there were some, but none as comprehensive as I was looking for. As a clinical psychologist, I appreciate a careful outlining of and consistency in personality of a character. Outlining a character is not just making up a miserable history for him or her, there’s a lot more to a person than just life experience. For instance, how does a person deal with a certain issue he or she has no experience with whatsoever? This is decided by personality traits, which, in a way, are already determined when one is born.
If you know everything about your character beforehand, you won’t have to rewrite so many of his or her reactions to events in the story, after you have finished writing it.
This Survey is the product of a combination of my research and my knowledge on the human psyche. By simply filling in every field in this document and following the directions as completely as you can, you will have a very comprehensive and complete overview of your character, with everything in one place. It might seem I ask a lot of questions and it might seem a lot of work to put into a character, but my bet is that you’ll be happy you completed this survey when you start writing your story.
If you have any suggestions, questions or comments, please feel free to shoot me an email at manoneileen(at)gmail.com.
Good luck with outlining your character and writing your story!
P.S. Make sure you fill in the Survey as completely as possible And after you click submit, you have to print and/or save the page so that you don’t lose it. There’s a Print|PDF button on the bottom of the results page (just like here), click that and you’ll be able to save it properly.