Plot Profile for your Character and for You

Layered between the Scene Trackers I wrote about earlier I found these Character Emotional Development Plot Profile examples from popular and classic novels. In the spirit of sharing before tossing out, I include a few plot profiles for your character here. For more examples for various genres, check out my Plot Support for Writers Pinterest board. I also invite you to fill out the profile for yourself as well as your character. The following demonstrates the elements of a plot profile for your character and for you.

Character Emotional Development Plot Profile

In analzying all sorts of novels, memoirs, and screenplays, I find 10 elements best contribute to developing a plot. Three elements have to do with developing the action plot. Seven elements have to do with developing the character emotional development (CED) plot. Also included is space to indicate the thematic plot. Each of these elements that make up the three primary plotlines make up the Plot Profile for your character.

character plot profile

The Plot Whisperer Workbook provides blank profiles for your protagonist, secondary character, and antagonist.

Use the character profile for picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult and adult fiction. Check out examples of each on Pinterest.

Plot Profile for your Character

Character Goals

The characters’ goals drive the action plot. Motivation and resistance make that action dramatic. Goals may change from the beginning of the story to the light middle and then again in the dark middle and the end.


Following is the Character Profile for Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

CED To Kill a Mockingbird

Character Traits

The characters’ traits drive the character development plot. Strengths push her foward. Weaknesses set her back. 

Following is the CED for Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

CED Memoirs of a Geisha

CED Grapes

Plot Profile For You

I’ve asked loads of writers and creatives to fill out the plot profile for themselves in my workshops.

character Profile for writer


Common writers’ goal — finish my novel


Trait strengths in writers are commonly imagination and creativity. Weaknesses are self-doubt, insecurity, fear of not being good enough or smart enough or worthy enough to succeed.

The better you know your own strengths and weakness the better able you are to not only manage the ups and downs of writing a novel, memoir, screenplay but thrive.

The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts 

The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts prompts you in how to use these elements from the character plot profile in the beginning, middle and end of your individual story.

Plot whisperer Book of Writing Prompts