How well do you know your characters? Do you know the personalities of these people who live in your head? Have you spent enough time with them to know how they’d feel about what’s going on in their story? Would their reactions to certain events or a flippant statement lead to a fight scene? Would they burst into tears and curl up in a corner?
Know Your Characters Well
Knowing your characters well enough to be able to use their personality traits to your advantage as you write your novel will make the writing flow easier and create logical and organic story arcs. For example; who is your protagonist likely to befriend? Who may hate your protagonist? What drives your protagonist’s passion? What may drive a particular character crazy? How would your antagonist behave in an argument? As I study the next steps in writing my novel, I realize I can’t answer some of the questions I need to ask to plot my story. The reason being, I don’t know what my character would do in any given situation. So this week I’ll take the time to get to know who these people are and what their responses would be to the events I want in my storyline.
There are several personality tests online but these three are the best in my opinion. Each one brings a different perspective to a developing character. Take the time to get to know everyone in your story. It’s fascinating and fruitful. Once you know your main characters well you’ll be better able to write an accurate and believable story.
Enneagram of Personality lists Type, Ideal, Fear, Desire and Vice for 9 categories
The Four Temperaments Choleric, Melancholic, Sanguine and Phlegmatic
Once we know our characters’ personalities we can go on to discovering their backstories and why they responded to events in their past based on those personality traits.
Till next time, I hope you are blessed.