Do you make character sheet?

@klaudine (3652)
Indonesia
September 6, 2008 2:55am CST
In a story you might have one or more characters, or multi main characters. They have different personality and details about themselves. Sometimes you added some special details like, mole in the cheek, or Spanish accents when talking, scars on the hand, or tattoos on the back... If you have so many characters how do you remember all those details for every character? Someone told me that it would be good if you make character sheets for every character on your story, so you would be able to look for them if you want to put them in a scene. She used some celebs images to describe the characters with full detailed biography. I never make something like that. Do you make those sheets? How do you make them?
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@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
6 Sep 08
Usually -- though it doesn't always happen before I start writing! Haha. Not necessarily a sheet, per se, but a list of characters and what they're like. "Mister so and so is this old, this tall, with this color hair and eyes. Their personality is this and that. Related to:, position in story:"...etc, etc. It is actually often an afterthought. Most of my characters are actually pretty average-looking, so they don't require me to write much about them note-wise before I start writing them into existence...usually, writing my first page with them in it...they tell me who they are, so that I can figure out more details about them and how they'd handle the stories they're in. Sometimes, if I write about a character before I actually start writing about them, they become stray characters who don't really have stories to have a home in yet. This isn't a bad thing though 'cause that means they're available for stories without characters later! And they might be brilliant fits. Yeah...heh, writing's pretty intuitive for me, lol.
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@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
6 Sep 08
Yeah.. with he average-looking characters that would be easier to manage. I can't imagine writing fantasy stories without the character sheets. I wonder did JRR Tolkien make such sheets too? Since "The Lord of The Rings" has so many strong characters with many details such elves, dwarfs, hobbits, humans from many races, orcs, goblins, and even the great Sauron. If he missed a little part of it that would be a mess!! And yeah, do you write the character's personalities too, like bad tempered, patient, kind, naughty, j3rks, b1tchy, or something like that, which could relate on how they react to the other characters on the story?
• United States
6 Sep 08
With his vivid imagination, maybe he sketched pictures of all of his characters? Can you imagine all of the paper he must've gone through if he did that? It took him years to write it all though, so methinks he had plenty of time to fix any mistakes he might've made before the rest of the world ever saw it. I wonder what creatures and characters he thought of first and how it related to the order the story went in. Yeah, personality tends to be the last part I write about them -- though who they like, dislike, and how they relate to other characters is second to last, since it helps me structure what they're like. I gotta get a feel for them first, since creating depths to imagined beings is hard to do off-the-wall.
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@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
6 Sep 08
LOL.. yeah yeah... and you know what? since you're writing a supernatural-drama, I think you might sketch your characters too... I mean, the supernatural powers you might have detailed about. It would be fun to imagine many super powers given to the human lol
@mba4ever (118)
• Malaysia
7 Sep 08
Make character sheet is very important for the writers, especially if you're writing book in a series. I wrote online novel with three other writers. Everybody wrote their own topic and characters based on agreed main storyline. We must agreed on the main characters and background of them before start writing. The "character sheet" that we use just on a plain e-mail telling each of them. We refer to it whenever we forgot about it etc.
@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
7 Sep 08
That's true. By the way how do you make a novel with 3 other persons? I mean molti author is something that I always dream of making, but I never able to do that since I don't have friends who have the same interests with me in writing. Would it be the same, or different with playing forum RPG?
@mba4ever (118)
• Malaysia
7 Sep 08
Four of us wrote a novel by giving one writer each main character for the novel. The e-novel written in Malay language entitle MAHLIGAI CINTA by Sri Diah. You can search it in Internet or purchase it via ebay. This novel is about the family conflict. One writer be a husband. Another writer act as wife. Another one act as daughter. The fourth writer act and wrote as son. Every writer wrote on some issues based on their (father, mother, son, daughter) perceptions. We never meets to discuss about the novel. We just chit-chat online only. We publish the e-novel online and there're many reader and followers to it. Sometime our readers give suggestions to the plot and storyline and charecters etc. After three-quarter the e-novel about to complete, we cut the on-line novel and publisher offer for printing once we completed the story. Now it's already in printing copy which is got some amendments from the e-novel. You can read online e-novel at http://novel2u.blogspot.com (I presume Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia not much different and you can understand it). If you would like to do the same, we may write on-line novel too ... :-)
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@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
7 Sep 08
That's great.. thank you for the link. By the way, About the e-novel itself, it means people can read, and copy paste it, right? How do you deal with the copyright? Or you just write it for fun, so you don't really care about that? If you could give me some information about that :)
• Indonesia
6 Sep 08
wow, are you a script writer? that's great well, a character sheet is very useful if we write a play or a movie script, especially if the story has many characters who have complicated characteristic. the character breakdown will contains many elements which is only limited by our imagination. it can contain characters' status, religion, job, specific characteristic, family-cultural-educational-social-economical background, hobbies, punchline, special performance, costume style, weakness, gesticulation, life values, skill,...... anyway, i never make it as i never write a play. the only things i wrote is teenlit short stories, which contains only a few of main characters (i wrote it when i still studied in college).
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@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
6 Sep 08
Well... I want to be a script writer, but since I don't really know how and I don't think I am talented enough to be one, so I don't. LOL. No, I am not a script writer. Your character sheet are much more that I can imagine, how would you wrote such sheets like educational, skill etc... I mean.. wow! I know that those details would influence so much in making a strong character. You would be able to make this character adapt to many situations with his/her own way. So you are a writer? Is it already published? In what language and where can I get them?
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• Indonesia
6 Sep 08
don't misunderstand. i have never written a single script, except unpublished play scripts which were played on amateur stages in my village to celebrate our independence day. i read it (the character breakdown) in a book about acting, titled Acting handbook. as i said, i only wrote some teen lit short stories, a long time ago. they used to be published in Aneka (you know, a teen magazine in indonesia). writing those simple short stories with one or two main characters, the character sheet is only in my imagination
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@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
6 Sep 08
Ow! I know ANEKA! But I didn't read the magazines. But at least I know that you are a real writer! WOW! I know a writer, from my own country! LOL... I am from Indonesia too fyi. And you wrote a script for a play last august? how did it go?
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