Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 27, 2009

Character Physical Description List

What do your characters look like?  It might sound silly, but it does help to write down the little details of what your characters look like.  Even if you don’t think you need to describe everything about how your character looks, it will help you know them better.  After you get down all the physical characteristics, you will be ready to continue with their personality traits.

Name: ___________Presentation Sign


Age _____

Height______  Tall?  Short?  Average?

Weight_____  Fat?  Skinny?  Pot bellied?  Athletic?  Muscular?

Hair color_______

Hair Length______ Crew cut? Short? Ducktail? Ponytail? Bald?  Wig?

Hair Style_______Messy?  Neat?  Greasy? Well groomed?  Hair sprayed? Straight? Thick?  Wavy?   Frizzed? Natural curls?  Permed?  Curls? Dreadlocks? Faux hawk?  Spiked? Pig Tails?

Hair Texture__________ Course?  Fine?  Kinky?

Facial and body hair_________ Sideburns?  Bangs?  Beard?  Mustache?  Back hair? Arm hair?  Nose hair?

Eye color________

Eyes ___________  Too close together?  Crossed?  Lazy?  Large?  Popeyed?  Bloodshot?  Almond?  Glasses? Eyelashes?

Eyebrows_________ Full?  Thick?  Thin?  Fair?  Dark?  Bushy?  Wide spread? Connect in the middle? Pierced?

Skin color________

Skin_____________ Flabby?  Wrinkled?  Acne?  Scaly?   Soft?  Shiny?  Birthmark?  Tattoos?  Scars? Body piercings?

Ears __________ Small?  Large?  Stick out?  Ear rings?  Hairy?

Brow ___________ Broad?  Small?  Wrinkled?  Furrowed?

Cheeks_______ Rosy?  High bones?  Hollowed out?  Dimpled?  Pimples?

Nose____________ Does it turn up?  Is it broad?  Flat?  Skinny & straight?  Hooked? Crooked?  Nose rings?

Lips _____________Narrow?  Full?  Pale?  Painted?  Pierced?

Teeth___________Missing?  Bucked?  Yellow?  Scummy?  Straight?  White?  Gapped?  Crooked?  Rotted?

Chin_____________Does it jet out?  Doubled?  No chin?  Square?  Does it have a cleft?

Legs_______ Fat?  Skinny?  Long?  Short?  Bowed? Fat at the top?  Dimpled?  Knock knees?

Hips_______ Round?  Bony?  Tight?  Fat?  Flabby?  Wiggly?

Stomach________ Flat?  Flabby?  Rolls?  Pudgy?  Protruding?  Jiggles?

Chest ________ Flat?  Muscular?  Large?  Hairy?

I am sure you can come up with more to add to the list.  Let me know.  Kathy


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  2. Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.


    • No, I write and illustrate for children, but thank you for the compliment and thanks for stopping by.



  3. I read a few topics. I respect your work and added blog to favorites.


    • Thank you for your comment and the addition to your blog. Do you have a writing blog?



  4. I’m creating a blog on how to improve one’s writing. May I place a link to this series in by blog? This is some excellent advice on character design.


    • Certainly, that is what it is all about. I am trying to provide as much help as I can to as many writers as I can, in hopes to help writers get published. Thanks for visiting and sharing.



  5. Thanks a lot


    • Emna,

      You’re welcome. Hope you stop back.



  6. This was so helpful I had to do a project at school were we had to write a physical description on a made up character and I was searching for the format everywere and I came up to this and it was so easy to write it! that was such a help! thanks 🙂


  7. Really great, it looks like you put a lot of thought into here, and it’s not thrown together like Stephenie Meyers characters.


    • Stephaine,

      Thanks for the comment. The more you read the more you realize how important it is to really bring your characters to life.



  8. Nice


  9. I just want to thank you for this! I have been needing/wanting to get back into writing. A big dream of mine is to write and publish a book, but I have kinda run dry on ideas, so I have been scouring the internet on ideas on how I can make my writing better, and it all starts with characters, setting, and plot. Thank you so much for this run down on character descriptions and hope you keep doing what you’re doing!
    Best of luck,


  10. Thanks for posting this! It’s such a big help. I’d suggest maybe adding eyelashes and body manipulation things. 😉


    • Nerdatron,

      Good ones! I’ll have to add them to the list. Thanks!



  11. Yay! Thank you! 🙂


  12. This web site really has all of the info I needed about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.


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