My character sheet (free download)

I’ve always been more of a planner than a pantser. I like to have a to-do list each day, I have some ideas of what I want to do on vacation before I go, I figure out goals for each month and year, and—no surprise—I make a plan for my novels before I start writing them.

That isn’t to say I’m not open to change. Fully scheduling my days was always too restrictive, and the thought of a vacation that’s completely planned out sounds more tiring than relaxing.

But my novels… that’s definitely where planning takes over.

I’ve adopted a lot of planning tools for my writing over the years. I’ve found an outlining system that works for me, incorporating Scrivener’s corkboard tool. And I love using Pinterest for setting inspiration.

Something I find increasingly useful, though, is my character sheet. While I’ve always used some sort of character sheet or outline when planning a novel, my current version is much more thorough and detailed than anything I’ve used in the past. It seemed a bit overwhelming at first, but now I can’t imagine working without it. My words flow so much better, thanks to the insight it provides.

I want to give credit where credit it’s due, too. My character sheet is an adapted version of this one over on Pinterest, which I think is a general Dungeons and Dragons character sheet. I’ve altered it a fair bit, particularly to suit my fantasy-genre tendencies, but it is based off of that one. So I recommend you go and check it out if you want something with fewer fantasy elements.

Otherwise, feel free to download and enjoy mine!

Click on the image to download your fillable pdf version.

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