Myers Briggs and Characters

I just did some Myers Briggs tests for some of my characters and boy don’t they make sense.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but I was always afraid that I didn’t know my characters as well as I thought I did and because I didn’t know them as well as I did I wouldn’t get the right results.

I’m happy to say that I received results that were not surprising, but rather satisfactory.  Doing these tests also helped me distinguish different behaviors among my characters which is a great relief.  Sometimes it’s difficult to say tell what a character will do in a specific situation and that confusion is likely due to a misunderstanding of your character’s personality.

Sometimes when I read stories of beginning writers they tend to be a bit shaky on the character personality part.  Their character may do one thing, but later in the story the writer forgets about their past actions and…well, the character does something that seems “out of character.”   Not only is this confusing to the reader, but it also prevents readers from understanding the character’s motives or understanding who they really are as a character.  Now, having a character who is naturally unpredictable is a different story (but would probably still be frustrating as a protagonist).

There are 16 personality types according to Myers-Briggs, and each one has 4 letters.  Yes, each letter means something. For example, my personality type is INTJ.  This means that I am an introvert (I), I rely on my intuition(N), when making decisions I am more likely to make them based on logic rather than emotion(T), and I love control and decision in my life (J).  Many villains are INTJs but that’s beside the point.  As you can probably guess, ESFP’s are the complete opposite of INTJs.  They are extroverted (E), they are less intuitive and rely more on sensing (S), they rely on their emotions when making decisions (F) and they tend to be more spontaneous and don’t need anything decided before hand (P).  Want to learn more? Look here.

An important to mention is that this is a theory.  But they tend to work as a method for learning about your fictional characters (real people are a bit different).  The other thing that’s nifty about this test and creating characters is the fact that you can create non one-sided characters in a flash.  It’s also helpful if you are writing about characters who are twins (because they are very different despite what people say) and it could test your knowledge on how well you actually know your characters.  At least it helps me.  Want to try it? Take the test here.

Also as a side note if you get really into the test you can look up other fictional characters and what their personality type is like.  I heard Black Widow could be an ISTP.  Interesting, yeah?

Happy personality typing!

Procrastination the Killer

It’s a bight and clear sunny day and I’m sitting in front of my computer with my cursor blinking before my eyes.  I know that it’s going to be a slow pace today because every time I look at the cursor it seems to slow down without warning.  It keeps blinking, and blinking and yet I don’t write anything.  I place my document into focus mode, but because of my tendency to look out of windows, I don’t proceed with focusing.  I stare out the large, glass window of my dorm room and I wish that I had something to write.

I do have something to write, but I’m not writing it.  Instead, I wish instead of following my own advice, waiting for something to make my heart bleed with passion.  This is a mistake.  I shouldn’t have waited.  I let one hour go by.  Two hours.  Three.  My document is as blank as it could ever be and I’m not doing anything about it.

This, my friends, is called procrastination.   As a college student I have mastered the art of procrastination to the point where all I can do is procrastinate, and it has become a very deadly habit.   It will kill me one day if I don’t change my ways and it could kill you too right when you don’t expect it.

If you were to ask me how my writing is going I would say, “Terribly,” because that’s the fact.  Writing is hard.  I state that boldly under the name of this blog, but I haven’t given up yet.  No, not yet.  There is passion within my bones that cannot cease, and I will boldly go where I have never been.  I am fully aware that there is a lot that goes into being a writer, published or not.  Procrastination shouldn’t kill us writers.

So write on, and stop procrastinating (or try not to)!

Preparing for JULY

What’s in July, you ask?

Good question!

CAMP NANOWRIMO is in July.

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That’s right.  There was one in April too but I couldn’t possibly do that one because I spent too much time laboring over my math class (engineering problems).  But I decided that I would get back into the writing game this July so that I could get a jump start on ideas for November.

Where is Camp Nanowrimo you ask? Well, it is everywhere.  I’m spending it in the bowels of my summer dorm room while I also take programming classes, but I may allow myself to spend some time in the berating sun or in the one of many Starbucks on campus.

Camp Nanowrimo also mean lots of planning (or lots of attempts to plan) on my novel, which means I’ll get to show you guys my writing process (or lack of one).

If you don’t know what Camp Nanowrimo is, click on this link: Camp NaNoWriMo.

If you’re interested in the November session, look here: NaNoWriMo.

I will participate in both and if you want to add me as a writing buddy, shoot a comment down below.

Happy Planning!

Setting the Summer Routine (Or just one in general)

It’s summer.  At least school-wise it is summer.  I’m only taking three classes which means that I have plenty of time to read, write, and watch anime.  Well, I have to work but that’s besides the point.

Actually, no.  It’s perfect.

Who knew that it’s possible to be busy even in the summer? Of course it’s easy to be busy within the summer because for us students, it’s almost impossible to get everything that we need to get done during the school year.  As a full time double major I barely have time for sleep and eating (in fact almost didn’t eat for a full three days before someone asked the question).  Truth is, we are all busy with something even if it’s doing nothing.

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Thank you, Ernest Hemingway.  You’ve summarized this post in one gif.

Making a routine can be difficult but it’s helpful (I’m writing this to help me as well so you’re not alone).  When you have a routine and you push through it, you have the ability to control your progress.  If you don’t have a routine you’ll probably end up lying about how you didn’t have any time to write (which you probably did but won’t admit it out of guilt).   Little progress is better than no progress and no one wants no progress right? Of course not! I mean, why are you trying to write anyway?

Here’s how I usually go about finding a routine:

1.  I look at my schedule.  I’m free for most of time this early on in the summer, but I also have no writing routine.  It’s time to fix that.

2.  When do I work best? Ah, yes.  I am night owl, but my sleep patterns suggest that I go to bed at 12 and wake up at 7:30.  Great.  I work best between 2 and 3 am and ironically when I’m sleep deprived.  I don’t recommend trying to lose sleep in order to write.

3.  Add in writing to my schedule.  I usually write out my schedule when I’m busy but since I want my summer to be productive, I’m still going to write down my schedule.

If the routine that I have doesn’t really fit, I’ll change it up as soon as possible.  Another important thing, it usually takes 14 days for a routine to become a habit so don’t delay and push through those fourteen days.  Same for me, ha.

Setting up a routine doesn’t mean that you have to limit your writing to your designated time.  What if an idea pops into your head right after you exit the movie theater? Not your designated time? WRITE.  Making a time just allows you to write when you appear to not have any time to write.

Take the time to plan your story, create characters, write a short story, whatever during your writing time.  Some progress is better no progress.