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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
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.
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
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.
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
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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