· Family. You may have covered some of this in background, but here you should list all the names you know of their parents, siblings, and any cousins or aunts and uncles, etc. who may have been in their life. Were they named after another ancestor? Where in birth order did your ancestor fall? The Birth Order Book might be an interesting read for you when trying to determine how this impacted your ancestor. Did any family members die that would have made a great impression on your ancestor?
· Those in Her/His Circle. This is similar to family, but here you will need to list friends and associates that may have influenced your character. As you list the characters, give them attributes that will play into the life of your ancestor.
· Enemies. This is your ancestor's nemesis and who she/he might be at odds with. It may very well be the antagonist or the villain. Remember, an antagonist is not always a bad person; it’s just the person in the story who can push the buttons of your ancestor. Your villain could very well be another ancestor. I know mine was in the first book I wrote.
· Fears. Figure out what your ancestor was most afraid of and then make her/him face it throughout the book. Every chapter should have a conflict, whether big or small.
· Talents. By giving your ancestor talents, you are making them more human to the reader. Talents can make someone more interesting and well rounded, but might have nothing to do with the plot or character development.
· Favorite foods. Is this a weakness or a simple pleasure? If someone feeds them their favorite food, perhaps that “someone” will become endeared to your ancestor. You can make a point of them never eating their favorite food because of their poverty, etc. Again, it might just be something to make the reader feel your ancestor is well rounded and really existed (because of course your ancestor did really walk the earth at one time).
I'm always interested in other ideas for creating a character sketch, so feel free to make a comment.