Creating a character sketch depends on your needs for your story, your personality, and your creativity. If you prefer rules and rigidness, an outline might be the best thing for you. If you prefer more freedom, the open-ended questions and answers may be more your style. If you’re really a seat-of-your-pants writer, you might want to just pick some character traits from Fiction Writers’ Mentor, and wing it. You might even consider combining all three to have an extremely detailed picture of who your character is. If you’re looking for more creative writing techniques, try this helpful blog post .