Scrivener Writing and Character Sheets


I’ll be the first person to admit being OCD about stupid stuff, not the things that matter. My writing suffers for it. My characters live in my head and get lost there. Sometimes they wander off, or I change their appearance repeatedly. Very confusing for them and myself. The regular Scrivener character sheet is ideal for minor players in my works, but not the hero and heroine with all the quirks and details that make them interesting.

Several months ago I found a brilliant character sheet to help flesh out the people in my fiction. It’s detailed, perhaps too complicated for some writers, definitely too much for my minor characters.

I found it on Thoughtful Dreamer, and the blog post is by Jamie McCoard (also known as Tevyn or J McCoard). Called “Writer’s Character Sheet Template” it thoroughly covers names, family, religion (if any), and so much more.

To use it in Scrivener, I downloaded the McCoard’s character sheet as a docx document to my computer and opened it in an editable form in Word. Saved it to the Writing Helps folder on my hard drive, then selected my Scrivener Template folder. I used Files, Import, Files…, choosing the character sheet in my Writing Helps folder to import in. Once it’s in your Template Folder, you should be able to use it for new characters, or if you’re feeling ambitious, copy your old information into the new sheet character by character.

detailed character sheet

To create a new character, go to Project, New From Template, and select the new character sheet in the template folder. Make sure it will go into the correct part of your novel binder in Characters. The new sheet will locate at the bottom of your Character file, where you can customize and drag it where it belongs. (Alphabetically or in order of importance, your choice.)

If her sheet helps you, I hope you’ll visit McCoard’s blog post to say thanks.



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