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Writer Discussion: Using Character Sheets


Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Alexis Woods:

Even with a couple of published short stories under my belt, I’m constantly learning the tricks and trials of being an author. I have one series of three books that’s currently out there, and am in the process of working on a sequel to another book.

One of the first problems I encountered was accidentally almost naming both of my MCs mothers with the same name. Luckily (for me), one astute beta picked up on it. I’ve since created a document that lists all my stories with all the characters names used, along with their relation to the main characters.

Recently though, I had to totally reread one story in order to remember what eye color one character had, and how tall I made him. That got me thinking about creating some sort of character sheet. Serendipitously, I then came across a Pinterest post that toted a premade (blank) character sheet, and another that asked 100 questions you should be asking your character, and then another with 50 questions for your outline.

I’m curious if anyone has used these types of worksheets and whether they feel that they’ve greatly helped. Or have you created one of your own with just the basics?

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