A Guide to (Useful) Character Reference SheetsThis guide won't give you a character sheet to fill out, but will walk you through the key features of character reference sheets (CRS), why pre-designed ones are useless, and give you tips on creating one that will be far more useful than any pre-existing questionnaires. Let’s get started.A Guide to (Useful) Character Reference Sheets2 years ago in Writing More Like This
§1. What’s the point of a CRS?
A character reference sheet, as the name indicates, is the reference document containing salient information that makes up your character. It is merely a tool. It is not for publication and your readers don’t need to see it. It exists to give you, the writer, a fixed point of reference. The information on a CRS is a package of traits your character brings with them into every chapter, and the point of having it written down is to give you 1) a firmly established understanding of your character and how they should act in every given situation; 2) something to come back to in case you’re uncertain of how to write a cha