If you’re happy to use a basic profile for the characters for your books and short stories, check out my post from last week.https://wendysteele.com/2018/09/07/character-profiles-sparse-or-detailed/
If you’d prefer more detail, here’s the list I promised:
Hair colour and style:
Complexion and skin tone:
Character’s body build:
Character back story:
Mannerisms or gestures:
Strongest personality traits:
Weakest personality traits:
Needs of the character:
Sibling’s names and descriptions:
Interests and hobbies:
Possessions this character values most:
What drives your character:
How does your character handle conflict:
What is standing in your character’s way:
What is their favourite room and why:
What vehicle do they drive:
What are your character’s prejudices:
How does your character feel about love:
What is their neighborhood like:
What is your character’s philosophy on life:
What is your character’s family life like:
If you want a more detailed background for your character, you could break their life into 5 year spans, or if they’re fairly old, 10 year ones.
You could take everything from the above and make a profile summary of a paragraph or two.
I like a photograph as well, so why not think of the actor who could play the part of your character and print off a picture.
Character profiles can be useful if you have to break away from your writing for a few weeks, and you want to reimmerse yourself in their world.