One of the benefits of joining the California Writers’ Club is hearing special speakers like Greta Boris. She presented her talk in a professional, yet informal way and engaged the audience.
What I learned – How to discover the personality types of my characters. She used the Enneagram Personality Types as her base. I am more familiar with the standard…choleric, sanguine, melancholic, and phlegmatic. And, if you’ve ever had marriage counseling, you’ve probably taken the Myers/Briggs test.
What I found most helpful – discerning which personality type my protagonist exhibits…then following through with their basic fear, desire, weakness, and motivation. I came back from the meeting and tweaked some scenes to keep my character’s flaws honest and real. Then when the inciting incident takes place, it showed me the character arc.
Thank you, Greta, for a great presentation!