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A lot of people swear by using character worksheets to help them get a better understanding of their characters. I have never stuck to one list in particular, but take bits from different worksheets that I think are relevant to the character and story that I am writing. I have included the links to five of the best worksheets that I have found below.
I find it really useful to put my characters in the hot seat. I have a couple of basic questions written down to get me started and then I just let the interview go where it will. I've often been amazed at what has come out of this exercise and how much more depth it has given to my characters. I don't just do this at the start of a project though. If I am stuck on a particular scene and I can't figure out why it isn't working, I take out a notebook and ask my characters. Try it, you may be surprised.
Another useful resource that I reference all the time is The Bookshelf Muse website. They have a character trait thesaurus that is second to none, as well physical attributes and a whole host of really interesting posts. Seriously, you need to bookmark their blog.
Do you ever use character worksheets? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you.