Character Sketch #1

While thinking about what to post today, I decided maybe I should share some of my own creations for once. Though I suppose the big question is where to begin? As of late, I’ve been working on a world for a story. The story is being told from the perspectives of several characters in a structure more akin to George R. R. Martin’sĀ A Song of Ice and Fire and Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen books. While I’m not deep enough into the writing to share it yet, I do have the characters in mind, and decided to lay the details of one out for you to see.

Thus I present to you my first Character Sketch:



Gender: Female
Age: 21

Rin is an athletic tomboy serving the Blackwood Family as a bodyguard. She has short-cut, straight, reddish brown hair and blue eyes.

Initially, she joined the military to escape marriage, but ended up finding someone she cared for in her new job, a young strategist named Shin who saw her as someone with potential and talents, and not just a woman. Presently, she is assigned to guard him, and uses loyalty as a guise for her true feelings. While not always the brightest, Rin is a talented swordsman and at times an unlikely leader as she struggles to survive in the civil war torn era of her homeland.

Hopes & Dreams: An end to the Civil War, and capturing the heart of Shin

Fears: People she cares about getting hurt, Fire

Hobbies/Habits: Whistling, Knuckle Cracking

Loves: Shin, fried pork strips, watching Shin’s strategies play out perfectly

Hates: Snakes, Hector Blackwood

Other Features: Burn scars on her back from her childhood. Miscellaneous cuts, scars, and bruises.


I’m always happy to work on these, and answer questions in the comments!


About writing underdog

I'm an aspiring writer of fantasy and science fiction. I graduated from a university with a degree in Writing and a minor in Philosophy. I try to learn a little about everything. I hope to update regularly, meaning at least once per week. View all posts by writing underdog

2 responses to “Character Sketch #1

  • Libby

    I have to admit that I’ve been curious as to what you were working on, other than blogging. šŸ˜‰ I love that she’s a bodyguard! Girl power!
    Did you create Rin (love the name!) and Shin’s names so that they rhymed on purpose, or was it a literary accident?
    Character sketches are what I do in the earliest forms of writing; now, in the second draft, I have sit down with my characters and interrogate them like CSI has no tomorrow. A friend and I even swapped protagonists and took them out for dates to get to know them better. šŸ™‚

    • writingunderdog

      Sounds like fun!

      I hadn’t meant to make the names rhyme. Shin was actually the first character I made for this story, but for some reason his name and personality aren’t quite as well put together as Rin’s. When I got to Rin, her name just stuck, and wouldn’t let go. The personality came with it!

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