I will be going into whether Character is an essential element of story or not in a followup entry on “What Is a Story?” but for now, since I know for sure that all of the stories I will be writing will contain characters, I have started working on a “character web” which allows me to determine the basic attributes of any character I write about.
This character web, or character chart, is a work in progress and I will continue to post updates on it as I make changes. For now, I thought it might be worth while posting it as is, and opening up a discussion with you about what might be added, combined, removed, rearranged, etc. to make it better.
Feel free to use this image as a starting place for your own character chart, but please remember to comment with any improvements you come up with!