Waddup Savi Crew!
Apologies for the late post, inspiration was a bit lacking this week, but I’ve decided to revisit my Character / Setting / Plot series where I’ll discuss what makes for a memorable character, setting, story, etc.
If you missed my previous blog post on Character, feel free to check it out here. This post, however, will be more in-depth and have a particular focus: personality. In other words, give your characters some personality.
Character is my favourite part about writing (so I apologise in advance for the long blog post lolz) and aspiring writers sometimes forget that characters are just like us — heck, some of them can be us.
Bottom-line: don’t skimp on the character details. The more realistic the character, the better the story. And what’s more realistic than personality types. We give our characters names and zodiac signs, so why not personality types.
Best part is these personality types have preset, built-in lists of the types’ strengths and weaknesses, behavioural patterns and (in the case of Myers-Briggs) which types connect on a deeper level and which types clash (i.e. immediate conflict).
There are 16 personality types — we’re gonna be here for a while — so let’s dive right in! A plethora of personality type tests exist on the internet and you do have the option to fill out the test as your character or (as I often do, since I’m lazy lolz) read through the preset information guide on each personality type and choose the one that closely matches your character.
|ESTP (Extroverted + Sensing + Thinking + Perceiving) – Most fun: Unconventional, fun, gregarious, lives for here and now, problem-solver.|
ESTJ (Extroverted + Sensing + Thinking + Judging) – Most forceful: Orderly and structured, sociable, opinionated, results-oriented, productive, traditional.
ESFP (Extroverted + Sensing + Feeling + Perceiving) – Most generous: Social, spontaneous, loves surprises, cuts red tape, juggles many projects, shares readily.
ESFJ (Extroverted + Sensing + Feeling + Judging) – Most harmonious: Gracious, thoughtful, lives to please, strong interpersonal skills, accomplished host / hostess.
|ENTP (Extroverted + iNtuitive + Thinking + Perceiving) – Most inventive: Given to brinksmanship, tests limits, enthusiastic, innovative, argues both sides, likes challenges.|
ENTJ (Extroverted + iNtuitive + Thinking + Judging) – Most commanding: Visionary, gregarious, argumentative, planner, leader, impatient with incompetence.
ENFP (Extroverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Perceiving) – Most optimistic: People-oriented, creative, seeks harmony, life of the party, starter (not finisher).
ENFJ (Extroverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Judging) – Most persuasive: Charismatic, idealistic, ignores unpleasantness, sees potential in others, compassionate.
|ISTP (Introverted + Sensing + Thinking + Perceiving) – Most pragmatic: Observant, cool and aloof, practical, unpretentious, ready for anything.|
ISTJ (Introverted + Sensing + Thinking + Judging) – Most reliable: Organised, compulsive, private, trustworthy, follows rules, practical.
ISFP (Introverted + Sensing + Feeling + Perceiving) – Most artistic: Warm, sensitive, unassuming, team player, in touch with self and nature.
ISFJ (Introverted + Sensing + Feeling + Judging) – Most loyal: Easy to collaborate with, works behind scenes, sacrifices readily, accountable.
|INTP (Introverted + iNtuitive + Thinking + Perceiving) – Most conceptual: Challenges others to think, high need for competency, socially conscious, independent.|
INTJ (Introverted + iNtuitive + Thinking + Judging) – Most independent: Theoretical, sceptical, needs to be competent, sees world as chess board, needs things “my way”.
INFP (Introverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Perceiving) – Most idealistic: Stronger personal values, seeks order and peace, creative, non-directive, reserved with people.
INFJ (Introverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Judging) – Most reflective: Reflective, introspective, quietly caring, creative, eloquent speaker / writer, visionary.
Be sure to tune in next week where I will be discussing personality types in-depth using the well-known Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (or MBTI).
Anyways, I’m rambling again which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now. And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life! Happy Writing!