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Creating Fictional Characters—Part 4: Fleshing Out Characters with Tags, Traits, and Relationships : Lillie Ammann, Writer & EditorYou’ve got some basic ideas of what your character is like: gender, age, vocation, manner. As described in Finding and Creating Characters , you’ve given your character a problem, a need. Now you’re ready to flesh the character out.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) offers another useful set of character profiles that you can use to jumpstart a character for your novel. There are sixteen different types. Let’s look at them: ISTJ – The Duty Fulfiller or Detective Characteristics: Quiet, cautious, meticulous, responsible, strong and silent type Good occupations: Administrators, inspectors, researchers Acronym: I Save Things Judiciously Half empty or half full?
While Mary Sue is too nebulous to be judged by any hard and fast standard, certain traits have become surprisingly popular. In an effort to make their characters more attractive without having to do the leg work of natural character development, the authors just add some of these superficial traits to their character. Below are the ones that the collective unconscious (so to speak) find especially attractive and end up incorporating into their characters with regularity. With the way the word has mutated over time, a great many people just end up labeling any character overdosed with these traits as a Mary Sue regardless of her importance within the story (or because they just don't like the character).
by Will Greenway Few writing challenges are greater than doing justice to a large cast of characters in a novel or story. In fact, the difference between simply doing them justice and handling them well is a significant level of effort in itself. Sadly, this is one of those writer conundrums that is often best resolved with a "Don't do that if it hurts" solution.
Seven Common Character Types by Terry W. Ervin II Fiction writers employ a variety of characters while weaving their tales. Beyond the standard definitions of protagonist (the main character in a literary work) and antagonist (the main character or force that opposes the protagonist in a literary work), recognizing the types of characters and the parts they play while reading an interesting story can add to the experience. In addition, a fuller understanding of the character types and their uses can increase a writer’s effectiveness in weaving his own fictional tales. Below is a list of common character types, followed by an explanation and short example.
How much about your characters do you really know?
Edit Edited by Secretive, Julia Maureen, Flickety, Ben Rubenstein and 15 others You're on a plane to a distant country to visit some weird old relatives you are somehow related to.