A Character Profile Template (or just 'template') is a list of questions, attributes, facts, and general shenannigans you would find in any character profile. They are super useful for keeping track of minor details and helping to develop the character as a whole. All templates are automatically added to your character's profile (whether old or new) and are completely customizable.

Get/Add Template

There are numerous, free character profile templates online, found in blogs, forums, and personal websites, which you can easily copy, use and modify to your own needs. Or you can manually write your own.

Please note, adding properties and attributes on the character pages (via ) will NOT add to or assist with creating the template. It is purely for each individual character as a customizable option.

When you have a template, go to your dashboard (). Every book has its own template option. Simply click on it under the desired book. You will be given an option to add a template. Click on this, and in the textbox given, type in/paste your template.

Important! Please ensure it is formatted correctly before submission. See "Format Template" for details.

When submitted, you will immediately see a preview of how your template looks for your characters. The non-bold text on the right is simply a placeholder where your character's own information will go once entered. You cannot edit the preview.

Characters will immediately have their profiles updated with the new template, and any new character created will have the template as default. If anything on your template existed on an individual charcter's profile before, it will not be overwritten, merely copied so no data is lost.

Format Template

We are going to assume you copied a character profile template from an internet corner or some blog. Several templates follow the examples you see here, but not all. We have done are best to standardize and be flexible so you can make as minimal edits and format alterations as possible.

Breaking up the template. There are 3 blocks you should worry about in the resulting set up:

Property Name

Your entered text is going to get run through computer magic. But magic is stupid. Thus we need some way to distinguish the property name, the attribute name, and the text placeholder (though placeholder is not required). For now, we will talk about the former two.

The 4 possible formattings are:

Appereance
* Hair color
* Eye color
* Clothes

Skills
* Technology
* Martial Arts

1. List format. Property name with attributes proceeded by asterisk '*'. One name per line.

APPEARANCE
Hair color
Eye color
Clothes

SKILLS
Technology
Martial Arts

2. Property name in capslock. Respective attributes follow. One name per line.

Appereance
1. Hair color
2. Eye color
3. Clothes

Skills
1. Technology
2. Martial Arts

3. Numbered list. Property name with attributes proceeded by a number. One name per line.

Appereance
Hair color
Eye color
Clothes

Skills
Technology
Martial Arts

4. Block list. Property name is assumed first line after each empty line. Attributes follow. One name per line.

For adding in placeholders, we will use a mini version of #1 above as the example. There are 4 options you have for adding in placeholders:

1. None

Appereance
* Hair color

Appereance

2. After colon (:). If you have nothing after the colon, it will default to #1.

Appereance
* Hair color: Highlights? Coincide with personality? Cultural?

Appereance

3. Between parenthesis. Do not go excessive as excess may be deleted.

Appereance
* Hair color (Highlights? Coincide with personality? Cultural?)

Appereance

4. A mix of #2 and #3. Parenthesis after the colon (:) will not be removed.

Appereance
* Hair color (Black, etc.): Coincide with personality? Cultural?

Appereance

Feel free to mix and match as you need. Please note, any grammar or puncutation you use outside of those listed above will be assumed part of the name/placeholder text. For example, a hashtag attribute name with a double dash questionmark (eg. #Hair--?) means an attribute name that looks like that. If you do copy paste, it is highly recommended that you read over the template anyway to ensure it suits your story best.

Edit Template

Go to the dashboard () and go into the template of the book you desire to edit the template for. At the top right, you will see a button to edit the template. This will take you into the same text-area view as when you first added the template.

You will notice that by default, the template's text format coincides with #1 under 'Format Template' above. It is derived from formatting used in editing wiki's and wikipedia. If you did not enter a placeholder before, the one we created for you is also displayed.

Please note, as of right now, if you change the spelling on either the Property or Attribute names, they will be regarded as new entries.

'Remove All Existing' Option

When you go in to add or edit a template, you will see an option under the text-enter area labeled "Remove all Existing properties and attributes not in this template". We will call it the remove option here for simplicity sake.

When you select this option and click submit, any property (and all associated attributes) or attribute not listed in the template will be deleted. Think of it as a complete over write. It is useful for starting clean and removing unwanted excess - but use with caution. As mentioned, it is an overwrite. If you change the name of a property, all information associated with the attributes under it will be deleted, even if they all have the same name elsewhere. You will have to re-enter information.

Example 1: Suppose you have a character 'Bob.' In the character's profile you have simply the property 'Appearance' and attributes 'Hair color' and 'Eye color'. Your template in contrast obtains the property 'Appearance' with attributes 'Hair' and 'Eyes'. More general for things after all. If you do not select the remove option, then the resulting profile will contain all 4 mentioned attributes: 'Hair color', 'Hair', 'Eye color', and 'Eyes' If you do select the remove option, the resulting profile will contain only 'Hair' and 'Eyes.'

Example 2: Suppose you have a character 'Alison.' In the character's profile you have simply the property 'Appearance' and attributes 'Hair' and 'Eyes'. Your template in contrast snubs the idea of appearance being everything, and only contains the property 'Skills' with attributes 'Technology' and 'Martial Arts.' If you do not select the remove option, then Alison's profile will contain both 'Appearance' and 'Skills.' It you do select the remove option, then Alison's profile will contain only 'Skills.'