Writing Personality?

Just for fun. Before starting my writing day this morning, I was doing some organising through some Pinterest boards, and came across this graphic.

I find using the Myers-Briggs personality profiles helpful in new character development, and this graphic (which can be traced back by several years) appears to be based on this, but the originator and any explanation has since disappeared from the web.

Like most writers, I'm sure that what form of dialogue or story motion is dependent on the individual story being told, but also that most writers do have a tendacy to form stories with the same emphasis on certain elements. But I'm also not sure there are only four elements in question, nor whether there's an “or” statement between each. And what forms make up our newer genres?

Fun to consider, though.


March Arrives with an Update

Just a quick update. I’ve been missing from my blog over the past few months, for many reasons –

  • The long school holidays here in Sydney, accompanied by world record heat (if anyone doesn’t agree that faces dripping with sweat aren’t very conductive to writing with electronic devices, you owe me an air conditioner and payment of my energy bills)
  • My discovery of Netflix and binge watching. Not recommended, although I’ve watched 155 episodes of The Vampire Diaries and am impressed with the complicated threads of story structure the writers inpur to the series).
  • School returns with a hectic season of sports tournaments and grand finals, and the finding that my eyesight isn’t what it used to be.
  • And any other procrastination device I can excuse myself with.

However, I have been writing, and developing my huge story world bible towards the series I have partially written. And I’ve continued to pin and tumblr interesting articles on writing topics as I’ve gone.

For this blog, I have no large plans as yet. But I’m sure there will be a few more articles to come. Meanwhile – happy writing, everyone.


New Resources Page

My old self-named author site is being shut down – I find this WordPress.com website ample for the now. In the process, and in preparation for next month’s NaNoWriMo, I’ve created a Free Resources page holding some free PDFs from previous post series, my own infographics, and of importance, the refound NaNoWriMo Checklist document.

You will find the Free Resources page from the top menu.

In the process I discovered that several posts from a few years back have somehow just gone missing off the blog here. If the resource page has some dead links, or errors, please leave me a comment and I will amend.

7 Masterplots or More… [Resources]

A few days ago I published “7 Point Structure” in response to an email question. But, over the time in writing and publishing I had returned to my email questioner to ask exactly what was meant – when she talked about 7 Plots, did she mean “7 Plot-points” or did she mean “7 plots as in Master-plots”? The response back was identical to the initial question – she meant 7 Plots. Which wasn’t ideally helpful.

But such is writing – just about everything we talk about has one or two different names for the elements of a story, and sometimes we can’t be clear on what it is exactly that we may be looking for. So here are the 7 Master (or Basic or Universal) Plots.

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Character Archetypes – From Archetype to Character

Some timely news to tag onto the full 26 post series describing some character archetypes: There is now a brand new workshop on turning archetypes into full characters. And it’s on special if you get in quick.

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