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Plot Practice | April Camp Nano Prep 2019

Waddup Savi Crew!

Apologies once again for the uber late post (it’s seems like a running theme nowadays) and given these posting-late-for-two-weeks-in-a-row occurrences, I’m curious to see what will transpire once Camp Nano begins the following week.

But don’t assume for one minute that because I’m “slacking off” with my blog posts that means I’m “slacking off” with my writing projects. Hell-to-tha-nah-nah-nah! I’m more devoted than ever and ALWAYS make time for my writing. Because that’s the only way to make it.

Before I jump into the topic at hand, one major update: I’ll be switching projects for Camp Nano. I know, real shocker (damn you, indecisiveness) but I need to be real with myself and plotting a novel sequel while editing its predecessor is fairly ambitious—ahem—correction, exceedingly ambitious. So I’ll be just focusing on the first novel since it’s gonna be a MAJOR rewrite instead of edits.

Camp Nano is supposed to be fun and I couldn’t see myself having fun with all those commitments looming over my head. Not to mention working a full-time job and helping to look after my nephew. I’m getting winded just blogging about it! Also, I’ll be doing hourly count instead of word count. Rewrites are unpredictable enough as it is without the added pressure of putting in long hours towards my WIP with very little word count to show for it.

With all that context out of the way, onto the subject at hand. Plot practice. What the heck is it? And do you need it? Well, if plot is your weakest area—like me—then the answer to the second question is a resounding YES! Plot practice can help you build a unique story with a simple or complex plot. Essentially we’ll be recycling an already existing plot and making it our own.

Since we don’t need to come up with the plot, we can focus on other areas (you know, the two additional legs of the story tripod—character and setting). Which is where I tend to shine. I’ve been inventing characters since I could talk. Ever since I was little I liked to pretend to be someone else or live somewhere else. Hence my character and setting / world-building muscles are well-defined.

Let’s use a simple plot to demonstrate how you can do your plot practice exercises: Little Red Riding Hood. Feel free to use complex ones if you know that it won’t get away from you or perhaps plot is your strong suit (in which case, I hate you lolz). For plot practice, I like to do something we often do within my web design job scope, known as “A/B testing” where you don’t make all the changes at once, rather you change one thing at a time and compare the two versions to see which one performs better.

Quick disclaimer: The plot diagram I’ll be referencing was taken from this source: http://nextbook.co/editor/

Source: http://nextbook.co/editor/

Remember we’re keeping the plot the same. If we try to get all fancy it may get away from us and the purpose of plot practice is to make better stories and improve our plotting muscle.

So if we’re not messing with the original story what can we change to make it our own? Well, what if instead of humans, the characters in Little Red Riding Hood were automobiles. Different story, right?

Exposition – Little Red Riding Hood has prepared a basket of goodies for her grandmother. She begins walking through dangerous woods to deliver the basket.

A fiery red MINI Cooper, called Little Red Riding Hood has prepared a hitch wagon of fuel cans for her Grandmother, a silver BMW Classic Coupe. She begins driving through the dangerous wooded highway to deliver the wagon.

Rising Action – The Big Bad Wolf spots Little Red walking in the woods and asks her where she’s going with the basket of treats.

A black Hummer H2, a.k.a. the Big Bad Wolf, spots Little Red driving through the woods and asks her where she’s going with the wagon of auto goodies.

Rising Action – The Wolf runs to the grandmother’s house, eats her, puts on her bonnet, glasses, and night gown, and climbs into her bed.

The Wolf takes a shortcut drive to the Grandmother’s garage, hiding her in his car bonnet (make it work, folks), donning her own car bonnet, headlights and outer frame and parks in her garage.

Rising Action – Little Red arrives at her grandmother’s house and sits on a stool at the disguised wolf’s bedside.

Little Red arrives at her Grandmother’s garage and parks next to the disguised Wolf’s side.

Rising Action – Little Red questions all the things that appear different about her “grandmother”.

Little Red questions all the things that appear different about her “Grandmother”.

Climax – Little Red comments on the Wolf’s nose, eyes, ears, and teeth, and he responds by eating her in one gulp.

Little Red comments on the Wolf’s bumper, headlights, side mirrors and grill, and he responds by hiding her in his massive trunk (hey, it doesn’t have to be perfect, okay).

Falling Action – The Woodsman arrives on the scene to discover the wolf dressed as the grandmother, and quickly surmises what has transpired in the woman’s cottage.

A brown Dodge Ram, better known as the Woodsman arrives on the scene to discover the Wolf donning the Grandmother’s outer frame and quickly surmises what has transpired in the old vehicle’s garage.

Resolution – The Woodsman kills the wolf and out step the grandmother and Little Red, happy and safe.

The Woodsman overthrows the Wolf and out drive the Grandmother and Little Red, happy and safe. The End.

Don’t get caught up if some of the items don’t fit (heck, some of mine didn’t). The point of the exercise is the follow the plot diagram of events, take note of the pacing, etc. Comment below if you have any plot practice exercises that you like to use. I’d love to hear about them.

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!

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Series Bible | April Camp Nano Prep 2019

Waddup Savi Crew!

Apologies for the uber late post (it’s been that kind of week apparently) and as a matter of fact, I almost didn’t so I guess late post is better than no post. As promised, I’m gonna talk about my preparations for Camp Nano this year. And I know what some of you are thinking: “Didn’t she have a Character / Setting / Plot series going on?” Why, yes I did and if you any of missed those, feel free to check them out (after reading this one, of course lolz).

The rest of you are probably thinking: “Why didn’t she start these Nano Prep blogs at the beginning of March like regular aspiring writers?” Well, as of last week Thursday I had no intention of participating in Camp Nano this year. So these prep blogs are as much a surprise to me as it is to you guys.

Nephew is turning 1 on April 2nd and I’m betting that my sister has something planned for that milestone. Not to mention, I’m working now (was unemployed this time last year) so I’ll need to factor in working hours where I never had to before. All these things chip away at my writing time so I figured, maybe take a break this year. There’s always Camp Nano in July and of course—the OG—regular Nano in November. Lots of opportunities to get my writing mojo back.

So what gives? What’s with the sudden change of heart? I’m so glad you asked! Well, blame it on Kate Cavanaugh. She’s a YouTuber and fellow Authortube cabin mate (for both April and July Camp Nanos last year.

Anyway, she had a YT video talking about her Camp Nano prep and what she will be working on. By the time the video ended, I was halfway through updating my Camp Nano profile with my 2019 WIP. Damn that YouTube rabbithole!

So because I’ve already committed and will most likely be drafted into a cabin soon, there’s no going back now. I’m stuck. What can I say? Challenge accepted.

With all that context out of the way, onto the subject at hand. Series bible. What the heck is it? And do you need it? If you’re writing a series—like me—then the answer to the second question is a resounding YES! A series bible can help keep all your information in one place where it can be easily referenced instead of, oh I don’t know, maybe having to read your novel all over again. Even if you do, chances are you’ll probably still miss some stuff.

Your series bible information will vary depending on your genre. It can be simple, detailed or even complex. You can fill out your series bible as the series progresses, before you pen a single novel or—and this is not recommended at all—after you’ve finished the last book. Whatever you choose—for the love of God not the last one, please—personalise your bible to your preferences and style. After all, you’re the one who’s gonna be using it.

You can store your series bible in Word, Google Docs or Scrivener. Or—in my case—all three (writers are a paranoid bunch, aren’t they?) and it’s a delightful dumping ground for all my brainstorming ideas. So, let’s dig into the series bible for my WIP, which is the sequel to my YA anime-inspired fantasy, Keiji novels.

1 | Synopsis – Outline / Breakdown of each of the novels in the series. This is important as it enables an overarching thread that can be followed through each of the books. The last thing you want is to finish a series and realise there’s unresolved issues and unanswered questions, or worse, plot holes the size of Mount Everest. Yikes!

2 | Settings – All the areas of my world: North, South, East and West. There are maps, travel time and distance, calendar (since I use a timeline to keep my dates in order), history (my races have past issues with each other which will come up in the current story), language, religion, government, climate, festivals, etc. Basically any main areas of interest where your story would take place. You get the picture.

3 | Primary Characters – These characters should be fleshed out as though they’re real people. Don’t skimp on the details here. I have avatars, basic info, personality profiles, skills / abilities (my races practise martials arts and some even have magic).

4 | Secondary Characters – Not as important as the primary characters and they don’t need super detailed profiles—just enough to get an understanding of them and their effect on the main character(s). But don’t make them flat, 2D or archetypal. They need to feel as though they are the star of their own stories and not just planets that revolve around the main character(s).

5 | Tertiary / Other Characters – Not as important as the secondary characters and you can probably get away with creating flat, 2D or archetypal characters here. We don’t really care to learn the background for the coffee shop owner where our main character gets her cup of Java every morning. Unless that key information in the background is integral to the plot and affects our main character. Heck, we don’t even need to know his name. Haven’t you ever seen end credits with “Girl #3” or “Coffee Waitress”, those are tertiary characters! We need them but don’t really need to know about them. Get it?

6 | Fantasy Races – Because I’m writing a fantasy, I have characters that aren’t human. Therefore I’ll need a breakdown of the different races so I can keep track of things like their basic culture, notable customs, gender roles, etc. Every race is distinct so this section helps ensure that I keep them consistent throughout the series. If a race is typically docile but suddenly in book 3 they’re hostile, readers won’t buy it, unless there’s an underlying reason for this adverse reaction (apart from the fact that you forgot). This category can also work for science fiction.

7 | Magic Systems – Magic plays a huge role in my fantasy novel. It’s used as a political tactic and even practised as a form of picking the government. Thus I needed this section in my bible. Here I have the history of where my magic came from, levels of magic (all magic is not the same and levels depend on many different things), rules of magic (is your magic hard or soft), types of magic (different races have different types of magic), how magic works (again, each race has a different type and the mechanics of each races’ magic works differently). If your book doesn’t have magic, rejoice, this section’s not for you. If you’re writing sci-fi, then this might be replaced with technology (in which case the sub-categories can also work).

I have other categories as well but you get the idea and, depending on your genre, may not be relevant to your story.

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!

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Minor Characters // Personality Types | Character Series

Waddup Savi Crew!

Last week, I continued my Character series where I used four of my own characters—from my Episode story Manhattan Prep—to demonstrate the strength and weaknesses of the 16 different personality types utilising the 16Personalities profiles. If you missed that blog post, feel free to check it out here.

This week, I will be featuring another four of my own characters who display four more personality types. These (and the ones featured next week and following week) will be minor characters. Today’s minor characters: witty Cassie; sporty Leah and her brooding older brother, Logan; and budding fashionista, Mallory. Once again, a quick disclaimer: The personality profiles listed below were sourced from the official Myers-Briggs Foundation website: https://www.16personalities.com/personality-types

Cassie is a natural comedian and proud half African-American, half Native-American who lives with her mother, Loni and older sisters, Nicole and Emily (she has never met her father). She is thick-skinned, resilient and always has a clever comeback. She tends to see the lighter side of any situation. She is slightly boy-crazy and believes alcohol is a necessity when it comes to having a good time. Cassie is an ESTP who would rather crack practical jokes than crack open a book.

ESTP (Extroverted + Sensing + Thinking + Perceiving) – “Entrepreneur” | Laughing and entertaining with a blunt and earthy humour. | Strengths: Bold; rational and practical; original; perceptive; direct; sociable. | Weaknesses: Insensitive; impatient; risk-prone; unstructured; may miss the bigger picture; defiant.

Leah is a sassy Latina and candid sports junkie who lives with her mother, Claudia; father, Rogelio; grandmother, Hilda and older brother, Logan (who she always competes with). She loves gossip as much as she loves food and doesn’t like to be told she cannot do something. She plays soccer (her favourite sport) and hopes to make it to the World Cup and later manage her own team when she gets older. Leah is an ISTJ who wants to make the Manhattan Prep varsity soccer team.

ISTJ (Introverted + Sensing + Thinking + Judging) – “Logistician” | Logisticians’ dedication is an excellent quality, allowing them to accomplish much. | Strengths: Honest and direct; strong-willed and dutiful; very responsible; calm and practical; create and enforce order; Jacks-of-all-trades. | Weaknesses: Stubborn; insensitive; always by the book; judgemental; often unreasonably blame themselves.

Logan lives with his mother, Claudia; father, Rogelio; grandmother, Hilda and younger sister, Leah. His best friend is Dario who he has known since the second grade. He has a nickname (Logie Bear) which Leah calls him because he was a chubby kid. Brooke later develops a crush on him when he helps Leah make the soccer team and stands up for feminine rights against the chauvinistic Manhattan Prep coach. Logan is an ENFP who encourages Dario to get tutored by Kate.

ENFP (Extroverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Perceiving) – “Campaigner” | Campaigners are fiercely independent, and crave freedom. | Strengths: Curious; observant; energetic and enthusiastic; excellent communicators; know how to relax; very popular and friendly. | Weaknesses: Poor practical skills; find it difficult to focus; overthink things; get stressed easily; highly emotional; independent to a fault.

Mallory is an aspiring fashion enthusiast and assertive Vietnamese-American who lives with her mother, Kim; stepfather, Joe and younger brother, Mason. She likes to match her hair and eye colour with her clothing. Most boys attracted to Mallory are usually intimidated by her tall stature and ultra-feminist ways. Conversation-wise, she is long-winded and has no filter with regard to inequality and racial injustice. Mallory is an INFP who is seeking inspiration for her latest fashion idea.

INFP (Introverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Perceiving) – “Mediator” | Mediators have a talent for self-expression and revealing their beauty. | Strengths: Idealistic; seek and value harmony; open-minded and flexible; very creative; passionate and energetic; dedicated and hard-working. | Weaknesses: Too idealistic; too altruistic; impractical; dislike dealing with data; take things personally; difficult to get to know.

Be sure to tune in next week where I will be giving examples of four more personality types with four of my own characters and highlighting each types’ strengths and weaknesses once again using the 16Personalities profiles (basically Myers-Briggs 2.0).

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!

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16Personalities // Personality Types | Character Series

Waddup Savi Crew!

Last week, I continued my Character series where I went through the 16 different personality types using the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (or MBTI). If you missed that blog post, feel free to check it out here. This week, we’ll be discussing strengths and weaknesses, utilising the 16Personalities profiles using my own characters as examples.

Since there are 16 personality types and I won’t just be stating the profiles but rather discussing actual character development and traits, I decided to split this section into four parts each featuring four different characters, i.e. 4 x 4 = 16.

I will be using my Episode story Manhattan Prep that I used when discussing Character Arcs during Preptober last October. If you missed that blog post, feel free to check it out here. There is important background information on the main character and the love interest that I won’t be repeating here so I’d recommend reading that blog before this one (if you haven’t already). I’ll be using the main character / protagonist, Kate; love interest / reason, Dario; contagonist, Brooke; and antagonist, Jada of the story.

A quick disclaimer: The personality profiles listed below were sourced from the official Myers-Briggs Foundation website: https://www.16personalities.com/personality-types

Kate is a London transfer who gets to attend Manhattan Prep through their elite scholarship programme. She comes from a family of geniuses: Her late mother, Krystal—who died when she was five—was a MENSA member; her father, Kevin is a CPA and her brother, Kyle is a budding scientist. Kate herself is a five-time Mathlete award winner. But she doesn’t only want to be known for her smarts, more specifically, she hopes to drop the childhood nickname associated with it, “Brainiac Bishop”. Kate is an INFJ (I know, the main character has the same personality type as me—go figure! Call it a happy accident.)

INFJ (Introverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Judging) – “Advocate” | Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality. | Strengths: Creative; insightful; inspiring and convincing; decisive; determined and passionate; altruistic. | Weaknesses: Sensitive; extremely private; perfectionistic; always need to have a cause; can burn out easily.

Dario is a popular jock who is lauded by the masses for his good looks, natural athletic ability and renowned family name—there is an entire Kingsley wing at Manhattan Prep. He comes from a family of old money: His mother, Veronica is an international supermodel while his father, Dalton and grandfather, Salvatore are estate royalty. An only child and the lone heir to the Kingsley dynasty, Dario would rather play football. He hopes to follow his athletic dreams and make his own life decisions. Dario is an ISFP (which you would never expect the popular jock to be an introvert but the profile fits him perfectly, believe me.)

ISFP (Introverted + Sensing + Feeling + Perceiving) – “Adventurer” | Adventurers enjoy upsetting traditional expectations. | Strengths: Charming; sensitive to others; imaginative; passionate; curious; artistic. | Weaknesses: Fiercely independent; unpredictable; easily stressed; overly competitive; fluctuating self-esteem.

Brooke is a wealthy and entitled diva who wants to snag all the cute boys, including Dario. She also comes from a family of old money: Her mother, Alison is a famous plastic surgeon—rumour has it, Brooke got a nose job for her sixteenth birthday—while her father, Alan is a tech mogul billionaire. She has a brother, Bryce, who she barely acknowledges and can be quite bossy, shallow and self-centred. She is always trotting around with her equally pampered white Pomeranian, Buffy. Brooke is an ESFP (which would explain her larger-than-life personality; for her, life is a performance and the world is her best audience.)

ESFP (Extroverted + Sensing + Feeling + Perceiving) – “Entertainer” | Entertainers love the spotlight, and all the world’s a stage. | Strengths: Bold; original; aesthetics and showmanship; practical; observant; excellent people skills. | Weaknesses: Sensitive; conflict-averse; easily bored; poor long-term planners; unfocused.

Jada is an overachiever: head cheerleader, class president and honour roll student who has been crushing on Dario since they were international elementary classmates. She comes from a family of new money: Her mother, Jade is a registered nurse—now retired, her father, Simon is an architect / landscape developer who just won the lottery and her twin sister, Simone also attends Manhattan Prep. She has always been successful in whatever she aims for. Getting Dario for herself is no different. Jada is an ENTP (which is a perfect match for our newly elected Debate team president—which is serendipitous, I swear!)

ENTP (Extroverted + iNtuitive + Thinking + Perceiving) – “Debater” | Debater personality type is the ultimate devil’s advocate. | Strengths: Knowledgeable; quick thinkers; original; excellent brain-stormers; charismatic; energetic. | Weaknesses: Very argumentative; insensitive; intolerant; can find it difficult to focus; dislike practical matters.

Be sure to tune in next week where I will be giving examples of four more personality types with four of my own characters and highlighting each types’ strengths and weaknesses once again using the 16Personalities profiles (basically Myers-Briggs 2.0).

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!

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MBTI // Personality Types | Character Series

Waddup Savi Crew!

Last week, I started my Character series where I briefly touched on the 16 different personality types. If you missed that blog post, feel free to check it out here. This week—as promised—will be more in-depth with regard to personality types, utilising the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (or MBTI).

Before we start, an end of the month update regarding my resolutions and goals for 2019, specifically the reading goals. Here is a list of the 10 books I intend to read this year:

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | C. S. Lewis
  2. Shadow Crown (Volume 1) | Kristen Martin
  3. The Architect of Elysia | Vivien Reis
  4. Twilight (Twilight Saga, Book 1) | Stephenie Meyer
  5. New Moon (Twilight Saga, Book 2) | Stephenie Meyer
  6. Eclipse (Twilight Saga, Book 3) | Stephenie Meyer
  7. Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga, Book 4) | Stephenie Meyer
  8. The Man Who Loved Attending Funerals And Other Stories | Frank Collymore (Caribbean Writers Series)
  9. Green Days by the River | Michael Anthony (Caribbean Writers Series)
  10. The Schoolmaster | Earl Lovelace (Caribbean Writers Series)

And please, no judgement on my book choices, most of them were just sitting in my library anyways (might as well read them lolz). I am currently reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (FYI, one of my favourite authors which should make for an exciting read).

Back to the topic at hand. Now, since we have 16 personality types to delve into, and I intend to provide details this time, I won’t waste any more paragraphs with my trivial small talk, let’s get into it!

A quick disclaimer: The personality profiles listed below were sourced from the official Myers-Briggs Foundation website: https://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/the-16-mbti-types.htm?bhcp=1

ESTP (Extroverted + Sensing + Thinking + Perceiving) – Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.

ESTJ (Extroverted + Sensing + Thinking + Judging) – Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.

ESFP (Extroverted + Sensing + Feeling + Perceiving) – Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people.

ESFJ (Extroverted + Sensing + Feeling + Judging) – Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.
ENTP (Extroverted + iNtuitive + Thinking + Perceiving) – Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.

ENTJ (Extroverted + iNtuitive + Thinking + Judging) – Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.

ENFP (Extroverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Perceiving) – Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.

ENFJ (Extroverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Judging) – Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.
ISTP (Introverted + Sensing + Thinking + Perceiving) – Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.

ISTJ (Introverted + Sensing + Thinking + Judging) – Quiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.

ISFP (Introverted + Sensing + Feeling + Perceiving) – Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what’s going on around them. Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them. Dislike disagreements and conflicts, do not force their opinions or values on others.

ISFJ (Introverted + Sensing + Feeling + Judging) – Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.
INTP (Introverted + iNtuitive + Thinking + Perceiving) – Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.

INTJ (Introverted + iNtuitive + Thinking + Judging) – Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.

INFP (Introverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Perceiving) – Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.

INFJ (Introverted + iNtuitive + Feeling + Judging) – Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision. Fun fact: this is my personality type!

Be sure to tune in next week where I will be giving examples of personality types with my own characters and highlighting each types’ strengths and weaknesses using the 16Personalities profiles (basically Myers-Briggs 2.0).

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!