Character Creation with JFCJames

NaNoWriMo is getting closer! Time to go through a character creation. I am usually a pantser and I don’t plan much of my novel at all like this, so this is a whole new world for me. Feel free to download your own copy to try at A lot of this will be blank as this was a mock sample from me and as a pantser it was really really hard to come with anything.

Character’s Full Name:


I will think of this later, I am not that good with character names, I usually come up with names after story to fit the story better.

Since most of my novels do not happen in the modern times, a lot of the modern things do not apply to my characters.


Name origin:  I don’t usually do name origins I just come up with my own
Nickname, if any
(if so, explain its origin – e.g. who created it?):
 I usually don’t do nicknames either
Does s/he like the nickname?  N/A
Birth date:
Place of birth:  The Village of the Dragons
Ethnic background:  Dragon
Religion:  Religion of the Dragons
Degree of religious practice
(e.g. orthodox, casual, lapsed):
 Relaxed, but one religion
Current address:
Does s/he rent or own?
Brief description of home
(apartment, house, trailer, etc.):
They live in caves since they are dragons.



Does s/he live with anyone?  Dragons are very social creatures
Describe the area in which s/he lives
(big city, town, rural, other):
 The cave where the dragons live are in the wilderness, in a great valley. Protected on all sides.
Is this his/her ideal home and location?
If not, what would s/he prefer?
Home decor: N/A
When someone walks in, what’s his/her first impression?  N/A
Pets? No pets
If yes, what kind and how many? Name(s)?
How important are they? How well are they treated? They are a regular dragon and thus gets treated similar to other dragons.
Current occupation
(include length of time, location, job title):
Job satisfaction (happy, discontent, ambitious…):  N/A
Income level: N/A
Education:  N/A
Does s/he drive? What kind of car does s/he own, if any? (Make, model, color, age, etc.):  N/A
(e.g. straight, gay, bisexual, asexual, unsure…):
 They are a bisexual dragon
Marital status:  Single
If married or currently romantically involved, with whom, and for how long?  N/A
List any significant previous romantic partners:  N/A
For current spouse/partner, what does the character call him/her (pet names, nicknames, etc.)?
How did they meet?



Any children (include names, ages, other parent if different from current partner)?
No children


Describe relationship with each child (if any):


Height:  9 feet
Weight:  500 lbs
What is his/her body type (skinny, slim, athletic, curvy, overweight, muscular, etc.)? Pretty regular for a dragon
Eye color?  Dark Teal
Does s/he use glasses?
Contacts? Hearing aid?
Skin tone (pale, ivory, ruddy, tan, olive,
brown, black, etc.):
Any prominent features, freckles/moles/scars/tattoos/
other distinguishing marks?
Face shape (round, oval, chubby, thin, long, square, heart-shaped, etc.)?  Triangular
Whom does s/he most look like (e.g. famous person or relative)?  N/A
General health (good, excellent, poor…)?  Good health
Any chronic conditions?  No
Any current health problems?  No
How does s/he dress : N/A
Does s/he dress to be noticed? Why? N/A


Any special jewelry?
If so, why is it special?
Grooming:  All Dragons neatly groom themselves as a part of their society rules
(long, short, crewcut, locs, bangs, side-part etc.):
Natural hair texture
(thick, thin, wiry, smooth, wavy, curly, nappy, etc.):
Current hair texture (if different from above):   N/A
Natural hair color:   N/A
Current hair color (if different from above):   N/A


Pace (does s/he talk fast, average, slow?):  Slightly slower than average speech speed to show respect
Accent or dialect, if any:   N/A
Voice tone
(shrill, high, average, deep, squeaky,
hoarse, harsh, authoritative, cultured, etc.):
Any favorite/habitual words/phrases or curse words?  N/A


Describe general vocabulary or speech pattern (e.g. educated, precise, pretentious, average, childish, uneducated, vulgar…):  Educated as all Dragons received education at some point in their life.
Mannerisms/demeanor? Cool and collected.
Typical posture: Relaxed
Gestures: Doesn’t use gestures much.
Common gestures (e.g. nail-biting, hair patting, drumming fingers, clenched fists, hands in pockets, etc.):  N/A


Finances: (prudent/cautious, average w/some debt, lives paycheck to paycheck, deep in debt, criminal activity, etc.):  N/A
Describe any personal habits, e.g. smoking, drinking, drugs, gambling, etc.
Are any of these addictions?

Morning Routine:

Describe the character’s morning rituals. Who else is sleeping in the same bed? What time does he/she wake up? Is he/she cheerful in the morning? What wakes him/her up — alarm, spouse/lover, kids, pet? What does he/she do during breakfast-read, watch tv, feed kids, etc.

Wakes up and goes to see the Queen Dragon as all dragons are required to do this.






Now describe the character’s workday or afternoon behavior. Does s/he work outside the home? How does he/she get there? Does he/she anticipate, dread, resent the work ahead? Does s/he give the job genuine attention and effort? Does s/he enjoy this work? Is s/he good at this job? What would he/she rather be doing? How long and hard is the work day?


Does s/he stop for lunch? Where?


 Hunting for food is usually the biggest chunk of any dragon’s life for they must not only feed themselves, but also help feed the community.

Does s/he eat at home or go out a lot? If the latter, what is/are his or her favorite restaurant(s)? At home, who prepares the meal? Who does he/she eat it with? What does it typically consist of? What goes on during dinner — tv, conversation, fighting, reading, etc? Who cleans up?



What does your character do on a typical evening? Where? With whom? How much does he/she enjoy it? What is the ideal evening for him or her?







Does he/she go to bed at a consistent time? Alone or with someone else? Does s/he usually fall asleep right way, or is s/he an insomniac? Does he/she dream — a lot, a little, never? Are most of his/her dreams scary, pleasant, sexual, imaginative? Are there any recurring dreams? Does s/he sleep well or poorly (e.g. tossing & turning)?



All dragons have consistent sleeping times where they go back to their individual caves and lay down to sleep.

Skills/Talents:  N/A
What is s/he particularly unskilled at?  N/A
Any hobbies (sports, arts, collecting, gaming, etc.): N/A


Home town (if different from current home): N/A
Was his/her childhood happy? Troubled? Dull? (And does the character remember it accurately?)  


5000 years ago when the dragons were looking for a new bigger valley than the one they previously had.


Saddest memory:  


Happiest memory: Seeing this new valley for the first time


How much school did s/he attend, if any?
Did/does s/he like school? Why or why not?
Most of the childhood



significant childhood event:


Other significant childhood events, if any? N/A


Significant past jobs: N/A


Any police record?  N/A
If so, what was the arrest for? When/where?  N/A
Convictions? Sentence(s) served?  N/A
First crush or romantic love? N/A


What was his/her first sexual experience?
Is it a positive/negative memory?


Major accidents or traumas?
How is s/he still affected, if at all?




Mother’s name (include maiden name if known/applicable):  N/A
Mother’s current status: Alive
Mother’s occupation, if any:  N/A
Describe the mother’s relationship
with character:
The mother helps the library of the dragons, but since for dragons once they hit a certain age, they have to be independent. They do not see each other much


Father’s name:  N/A
Father’s current status: Alive
Father’s occupation, if any:  N/A
Describe the father’s relationship
with character:
Any step-parents, foster parents,
or birth parents (if not same as above):




If s/he is adopted, does s/he know?  N/A
Any siblings (include age and birth order, i.e. relative to main character):  No siblings
with each:
Nieces/Nephews, if any:  N/A
In-Laws, if any:  N/A
Other than the above, who else in the story is part of his/her extended family (e.g. cousins, aunts/uncles, grandparents, etc.)?  N/A


Who, if anyone, is his/her best or closest friend?
Other close friends:
How in general does s/he react to or is perceived by…

Past spouse/lovers?

Own children, if any?
Other family members
The opposite sex?
Children in general?
Others who are more successful?
Others who are less successful?
Boss (if any)? N/A
Underlings at work?  N/A
Competitors?  N/A
Authority (police, IRS, politicians, attorneys, doctors, etc.)?
Anyone who challenges him or her?
Anyone who angers him or her?
Anyone who asks for help?
What do most people consider likeable about him/her?
do most people consider his/her biggest flaw?
Any secret attractions? If so, does the other person know it? Has there been any actual romantic/sexual activity?
In romantic relationships, is s/he generally monogamous or uncommitted? (If the latter, is s/he honest w/ partners?)
Is his/her sexual behavior inhibited, average, experimental, or reckless? Has this changed
(and if so, why)?
Whom does s/he dislikes most, and why?
Whom does s/he like most, and why?
Who’s the most important person
in his/her life right now, and why?


Whom does s/he admire (nonromantic), and why?  


Biggest influence, and why (famous or not)?  


Whom (if anyone) does s/he consider an enemy, and why?
Person s/he most misunderstands or misjudges:
Person who most misunderstands or misjudges him or her:
Has s/he’s lost touch with anyone who was once significant in his/her life? If so, why?
Worst end of a relationship (could be friend, romantic, colleague…)
Whom does s/he most rely on for practical advice?
Whom does s/he most rely on for emotional support?
Whom, if anyone, does s/he support (e.g. advice or emotional support)?


Any psychological issues (e.g. phobias,
depression, paranoia, narcissism, etc.)?



Is s/he an optimist
or pessimist?


Meyers Briggs Personality Type:
(Don’t know? Take a sample test for your character.)
comfortable when …
(alone, hanging w/friends, drinking, etc.):
Most uncomfortable when …
(in a crowd, alone, speaking in public, etc.:
Is s/he cautious, brave, or reckless
in his/her approach to life?
 Cautious with life
What does s/he most value/prioritize?
(family, money, success, religion, etc.)
 The community of dragons
Whom does he/she really love best? N/A
What would he/she be willing to die for?  The queen dragon
Is s/he generally compassionate, sensitive to others?
Or self-involved/selfish/oblivious?
Personal philosophy: Where life goes, so should you.


What is his/her biggest embarrassment? N/A



What is his/her greatest wish?  



Any prejudices (race, culture, sexuality, religion, etc.)? N/A



Political party or beliefs, if any: N/A



Does s/he believe in fate or destiny? Is s/he superstitious? Believes in destiny and fate.



Character’s greatest strength:  


Character’s greatest flaw:  


Other good characteristics:  


Other character flaws:  


What are his/her own favorite attributes
(physical and personality)?
What about least favorite?


Are these feelings accurate?  


How does s/he think others perceive him or her?
(And is this accurate?)






Proudest accomplishment:  




Biggest secret(s):  


Does anyone else know these secrets?  


If yes, how were the secrets revealed?  


does s/he react to a crisis?


What usually causes the problems in his/her life (romance, finances, friends, colleagues, personality flaws, health, etc.)?  


does s/he react to change?


Quirks: N/A


would s/he most like to change about her-/himself, and why?



Write a paragraph (~100 words) of the character describing him/herself:  N/A
Short term
Long term goals:  N/A
Does s/he plan to achieve these goals, or does s/he think they’re unrealistic?
Will others be affected?
If yes, does it matter to the character?
What, if anything, is stopping him/her from achieving these goals?
What does he/she actively work to gain, keep or protect?
What event or occurrence does s/he most dread or fear?
Which person in his/her life would s/he most want to emulate?
Which person in his/her life would s/he least want to emulate?


Drink: Water
Color:  N/A
Book:  Anything history related
Film: N/A
Music/Song: N/A
TV:  N/A
Sport:  N/A
Motto/Quote:  N/A
Hangout(s):  N/A
Possession: N/A


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As a pantser, taking the time to attempt to fill one of those out really opened my eyes to the world of people who plan their story. I admire the ability to plan all that out with so much detail.

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