Character Outline Notion Template (The Protagonist)

Everyone knows that without good characters, a story falls flat. You can have the most compelling plot in the world, but if readers don’t care about the characters in the middle of that plot… you don’t have much.

A character outline is an excellent tool to use when learning about your protagonist. In order for a character to feel three-dimensional, the author must know enough about them to write them authentically. Not everything from a character outline will make it into the book, and that’s okay: this is to give you, the writer, a solid grasp on who they are, how they’d behave, and why they’re on the journey of the novel.

My character outline targets that which I think is most important to explore in a character, and my outline is always evolving. Is there something else that you think is important to explore for a protagonist? Please share in the comments!


If you’d like more information/context for sections in this template, check out the original outline, where you’ll find a comprehensive breakdown of each section!


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Bree Crowder is a writer of dark and strange tales, and a freelance editor. She holds a B.A. in English, a graduate certificate in Creative Writing, and an M.A. in Creative & Critical Writing. Writing, reading, photography, and travel are a few of her favourite things.

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