Skip to content

NaNo Prep Day 2: Creating Your Story Bible–What Do Your Main Characters Look Like?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NaNo Prep Day 2: What Do Your Main Characters Look Like? | KayeDacus.comNow that you’ve decided HOW you’re going to create/keep your Story Bible, it’s time to start filling it.

NaNo Prep Assignment for Tuesday, October 9, 2013:

Today, your assignment is to have some fun!

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to put the full description of each of your main (POV) characters into your story bible. If you do already have some of this, go back and make sure you have all of it—and see if there are ways in which you can make your characters’ looks more unique.

Create a page/folder/section for each one so that the info isn’t running together and so that they’re easier to find.

Here’s what this part should include for each main/POV character:

Full Name:


Date of Birth:


Hair Color:

Eye Color:

Body type: (stocky, muscular, athletic, full-figured, slender, emaciated, etc.)—from the character’s viewpoint and in others’ opinions, if that’s important

Distinguishing marks/features:


Body art/piercings/modifications:

Repetitive/habitual physical quirks: (i.e., biting fingernails, grinds teeth, pops knuckles, rolls neck when stressed, leg bounces/can’t sit still, etc.)

Include image(s) of the Real World Template for the character if you have them. If not, there’s no time like the present to cast your characters.

Here’s mine, using OneNote, for my Story in Progress:
NaNo Prep Day 2: Creating Your Story Bible - Character Description and Template Example

That’s all for this part for today. Don’t do anything else other than look at your characters’ physicality.

What did you learn about your character(s)’ physical appearance that you didn’t know before this exercise?

  1. Saturday, October 19, 2013 7:18 am

    I’ve really enjoyed this exercise and I’ve added character traits (inner vs. outer persona) as well as characterisation to the description.


    • Saturday, October 19, 2013 10:23 am

      I need to do all of these exercises for my story in progress.

      And adding the character traits gets you a leg up on the next exercise in this series!


  2. Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:37 pm

    This is great! Have you used the OneNote app? Just wondering how they sync up. I normally use Evernote on the go, then transfer over to Word, but I like what you have here of OneNote. Haven’t jumped on Scrivener yet, but I have several friends who adore it, so I might give the a whirl at some point.


    • Tuesday, October 22, 2013 1:19 pm

      I tried the OneNote app on my phone, but wasn’t happy with the fact that I couldn’t open my existing ON notebook for my story-in-progress which was saved in my Dropbox. The ON app (at least on Droid phones) forces you to use Microsoft’s cloud storage, and I didn’t want to have to move all of my files over there.

      The ON app also didn’t seem to have a lot of features that are the reason I choose to use ON on my computer. Of course, I don’t use my phone for writing related stuff very much at all (maybe to make a note or snap a picture here or there), so I’m almost always at a computer where I have access to the full version of ON and my Dropbox files.



  1. Be Your Own Casting Director: Creating a “Casting Book” |

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: