Apr 11 2016

#atozchallenge I is for Insecure #WriteTip #IWSG Use the Zodiac @JunetaKey #CharacterSheet

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I is for “Insecure”
Book: The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond by Alex J. Cavanaugh, J. L. Campbell, Susan Gourley, Joylene Nowell Butler, L. Diane Wolfe, Lynda R. Young, Michelle Wallace
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My dice roll: 1853(ebook location out of 4215)
Lesson: Juneta Key suggests using zodiac signs when creating characters.

Protagonists aren’t that difficult to flesh out… usually. But those darn villains! Using the astrology personalities could be the key to getting to know a character better. Astrology gives clues to positive and negative traits that are built in from birth. Personality tests, such as Myers-Briggs, are also mentioned.

For today’s example, I’m going to fill out the Basic Short Extended Character Profile that Juneta provided.

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Basic Short Extended Character Profile

Character Name: Xavier Patrick Doyen Greve of Denmark, Baron of Ireland
Role in Story: First Protagonist
Occupation: President of a company, mostly dealing with acquisitions and mergers
Greatest Desire: To reunite his kind
Deepest Motivation/Need: To reunite his kind, find his missing mate and win back her love, and save the world
Physical Description: Six foot three (190.5 cm), Caucasian, manatee grass green eyes (—formerly blue) that flash when using his powers, Irish red hair cut short and stylish, well-toned muscles, scar on his back near his left shoulder
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:ENFJ
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Astrological Sign: Feb 20 Pisces

Astrological Qualities and Elements:

  • Best: Intelligent, appealing, intuitive
  • Worst: Indecisive, hypersensitive, impressionable
  • The perceptive charmer. Highly ambitious. Appealing personality, great intelligence with the looks and charm. Compassionate. Identifies with the viewpoint of others, sometimes too much. Want to make their mark. Understanding and passionate lovers. Might put lover on a pedestal/ forget lover has faults. Destined to inspire and influence others.

Key Personality trait (one or two): loyal, charming
Personality: enthusiastic, goal-oriented, diplomatic, responsible, caring, polite, charming, altruistic, social butterfly, advocates for his beliefs, gut decisions, organized, multitasker, deep, can be chameleon-like, interested in others, protective, hardworking, avoids unnecessary criticism, always makes time for others, compassionate
Interest: Improving the world, helping people, family

  • Thing: water and marine life
  • Game: online multiplayer RP
  • Sport/Activity: rowing
  • Preferences: eating seafood, being around pleasant smells
  • Emotional Attachments to places: anywhere with a body of water
  • People: others of his kind
  • Family Traditions: hunting with his dad before Thanksgiving

Habits/Mannerisms (Ticks): dancing, staring at his eyes or scar in the mirror when no one is looking
Manner of Dress/ Style: classic elegance
Language/ Accent-regional/Slang: Sometimes a bit of Bostonian
Family Background: Regal and Noble
Background: Attended a private school, then Harvard. Taken hostage and tortured when he was 12. Started his company to make a big difference without drawing too much attention. Uses his powers to help in secret as often as he can. Knows he must reunite his kind to prevent the apocalypse, but has no idea how to find the missing.
Friend/Sidekick: Heath
Pets/Attachments (rock, necklace,ring): Lorcce (Canadian Eskimo Dog), horse named Laily, horse in France named Rajan (brother of Laily)
Internal Conflicts: Lonely and in need of love, but not just anyone will do— longs to be reunited with his true mate
External Conflicts: Find his true mate is engaged to someone else, knows only those of his kind could prevent the apocalypse but doesn’t know how to do it yet even if he had all of them, trying to keep what he is a secret until his kind is reunited so that none of them are taken and tortured again

  • silvery voice that is clear, light, and pleasant
  • heightened sense of smell
  • Confirmation name/ patron Saint: Saint Brendan of Clonfert

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What’s your astrological sign? Where do you score on the Myers-Briggs test? Does Xavier sound like a character you want to get to know?

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  1. What a great post. Fabulous idea to use the Myers Briggs test and/or astrological signs to flesh out a character! I never thought of that but it’s brilliant! I enjoyed reading about Xavier. I took the Myers Briggs test a long time ago and I think I’m an ENFP. I’d have to take the test again to be positive but I’m fairly certain that’s what I am. I love taking personality tests. I’ve always been intrigued by the Rorschach inkblot test and would love to take it to see what it says about me. Lol.
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    • Li on April 11, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    My A to Z theme 2 years ago was using various psychological tests and profiles to create characters. But I forgot Zodiac! It’s a fun way to play with your characters, and also to figure out where your character might be headed if the plot gets “stuck”. 🙂
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    • Juneta on April 11, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Thank you for the honor of being part of your A to Z theme. What a thrill to see someone use something I wrote about. You made me feel like a writer. Thank you for that and I liked it a lot. Very inspiring and motivating for me you’re awesome. .

    Great character. I’ll look forward to reading his story. I enjoyed your profile very much. I like the little breakdowns within sectors you added to I will have to remember those.

    I test INFP, sometimes INFT When I”m on a high I test ENFP/ENFT because depending on where you are in life, how you feel in general can affect the test, so you can actually test different types, which is normal. The BUT is the 2nd letter seldom changes, which I find interesting. I am always an N. I do test INFP or T most often.

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    1. The full character profile I have on him (and 12 other vital characters) is disgustingly longer than this. I’m pretty sure even the CIA would be like, “wow, that’s too much information…” Ha ha ha. Stalking my fictional characters!
      I enjoyed your entry and was glad that my dice landed on this.
      You are a writer. Own it. <3

  2. I am a Cancer and I always forget my Meyers-Briggs profile. But understanding an antagonist’s motivation is pretty much what keeps me writing!

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  3. You put a lot of work into this post. I like that you did a full profile for your character. I did the test a while back and I think I was “ESTP” It’s true we should do this work not only for our protagonist, but for our villains as well. I did my letter C post on this topic. My novel wasn’t working working for this very reason . My villain’s motivation just didn’t seem believable until I went back and started digging deeper into her background and found her wound, and her fatal flaw and did a complete workup on her like I had for the protagonist. I actually did the Meyers-Briggs Profile for her as well. It was a great place to begin.

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  4. Wow! I’m impressed by all that you’ve done on this post. I’m one of those watery Aquarian types, but I’m not sure about where I fall on that MB test. If I ever took it I don’t remember.

    I enjoyed Juneta’s idea about using the astrological signs for character development.
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  5. I’ve never taken the Myers-Briggs test. According to the book Personality Plus, I’m half sanguine, half melancholy. (Yes, I’m an outgoing introvert.)

    Thanks for mentioning the IWSG book.
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  6. What a fascinating way to work – I love this! Xavier does indeed sound interesting. I’m a Cancer sun, with moon and rising in Scorpio, and an INFJ. I love a good mystery and plenty of space and quiet to solve it.

  7. Xavier sounds fascinating and I’d love to know more about him. What a great way to develop a character. My zodiac sign is Aquarius (b. Jan. 27) . I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs test before but tried it again just recently. The result was the same: ISFP; doing my own thing. 🙂

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    • Joy on April 11, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    I am an INFJ and Aries but don’t know much about astrology.

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  8. I lean towards detailed character profiles, when I write. I’ve used Myers-Briggs, or rather a variation from a cook by a psychologist – The Writers Guide to Character Traits. Then I adapt it to a Zodiac sign, plus Chinese astrology. Throws up interesting results.
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    • Love Mantra Vashikaran on May 26, 2016 at 5:11 AM

    zodiac sign is very important in our life and it plays a meaningful part in our life

  9. I don’t think this astrological science makes any sense at all
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