Enneagrams for Character Development

Greetings, internetizens! Soooooo today I have some writing stuff.

In the past, I’ve used worksheets for character development. Basically, you lay out your character traits: name, appearance, stuff they like, stuff they don’t like, tidbits about their past and their family, etc.

Lately, I’ve been looking at personality enneagrams. They give a good idea of how certain personality traits can work together in real life humans, kind of like gears in a machine. There are 9 personality traits according to this system. Here’s a quick peek, courtesy of The Enneagram Institute.

The Nine Enneagram Type Descriptions

1 THE REFORMER
The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic

2 THE HELPER
The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive

3 THE ACHIEVER
The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious

4 THE INDIVIDUALIST
The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental

5 THE INVESTIGATOR
The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated

6 THE LOYALIST
The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious

7 THE ENTHUSIAST
The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered

8 THE CHALLENGER
The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational

9 THE PEACEMAKER
The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent

You may notice that not every one of the personality traits is good. That is an excellent thing for writers because that makes it easier to construct a balanced character. Nobody wants to read about Mr. or Ms. Perfect. That’s boring.

A similar option for this kind of info is the Myers Briggs Types. That one offers more types, maybe more in-depth information. Personally, I prefer the relative simplicity of the enneagrams.

If you’d like to read more about the enneagrams, here’s a link to the Enneagram Institute.

For the Myers Briggs Types, here’s a link to The Myers Briggs Foundation.

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Happy New Year!

slothAfter several weeks of doing my best sloth-girl impression, I have resumed working. Well, I’m pretty much always writing, so that much was going on, at least. I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve and a good start to this next trip around the sun.

Do you want to know what is not a fun activity? Moving a podcast with 27 episodes.

My account renewal at Podbean for The Authors Read Podcast was due in December. I knew it was coming up, so I needed to decide whether I wanted to keep the party going for another year. I asked myself what I didn’t like about it.

I like helping my fellow authors. Getting book publicity is a rough game sometimes. One of the reasons I started the podcast was because I wanted to be one of the people who could open a door instead one of the legions who prefer to slam it or, you know, just ignore the knock.

My only real issue with it was the expense. My account at Podbean was $100 for the year. For something that doesn’t make any money, it wasn’t an expense that I could really justify to myself. Luckily, I found a place to host it for free! The website doesn’t have as many features, but if it keeps me in the game, I’m good.

I had another issue. I thought I had saved all my complete episode mp3 files. HAHA no. Alas, I did not. I have no idea where they went or how they got there, but I was missing episodes 16-19 and 21-26. I did have most of the pieces: the readings, the intros, the outros. All in all, between piecing the episodes back together, uploading them to Castbox.FM and updating all the links on the wordpress site, etc, it was about 10 hours of work.

I do really like podcasting, though, so it’s worth the effort to me.

I did get to see how much my voicework improved over the course of last year. Around episode 19 or 20, it really started to sound better.

If you’d like to follow Authors Read on Castbox, here is a link for you.  It has zero followers on Castbox so far because it’s been on there for all of five seconds, so any follows would be much appreciated!

I have a lot of exciting stuff planned for this year, including finishing one or more audiobooks. I know, I know, I said I wanted one out last year. I didn’t make it, okay? I was tired and lazy. I’m better now. I promise.

New Drawin’ Software

Hey! I’ve been hard at work putting together next year’s business. Current projects are: yet another cover design for Beneath Oceans of Sky, the eternal audiobook project, and the series of shorts. That last one is the only thing I’m writing at the moment.

I recently switched computers. Well, I mostly switched. I still use the old one for editing audio because Windows 10 is not a friend of sound, apparently. With the switching of most tasks to the Windows 10 machine, I lost my Adobe Creative Suite, ie Photoshop, Fireworks, etc. I don’t use it enough to justify the expense, so I set out to find a free or at least low cost option.

I tried GIMP. I didn’t like it. I tried Inkscape. Didn’t like it. The interfaces were just too awkward. I am fully aware that I sound like a spoiled brat. In truth, I am both spoiled and a brat.

Then I found Krita. I can’t believe this is open-source/free software. The interface is a lot easier to learn, especially coming from Fireworks and Photoshop. There is a learning curve, though, because there are as many differences as there are similarities. I’m still getting the hang of it, but I love it so far.

Here’s a screenshot of the cover in progress and the interface.

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I still have a lot to do with the cover, but it is progressing nicely, and I like learning the software as I go along.

If you would like to check out my new software crush, you may find Krita at this link.

Series Notes

Hey-o! How are things? Well I hope. I’m super excited about Thanksgiving as I’m sure many other people are. I have an avalanche of things to be thankful for, mostly the fam. They’re okay people most of the time.

I’ve been hard at work on the dark fantasy/horror series I have coming out next year. I finally decided how to format the thing.

Every month, I’ll release either a set of three short stories or a long/novelette-lengthish story. Three months will make a season. Seasons will get box set releases that will basically be everything that came out that season lumped together, and they will get audiobooks.

Then, at the end of 3 seasons, which will be a year, I’ll release another box set, which will contain all three seasons worth of stories plus some author notes, etc.

I will probably release at least some of the stories as a podcast.

Why write short fiction? Well, first, I like it. Even as a kid, I had a thing for short stories. Poe. Those Hitchcock collections. Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark. And I think I might be better at writing short fiction. People seem to respond better to my shorter things. I’m okay with that. There are way worse things to be good at.

I think I mentioned this before, but I am writing a year of releases before the first one comes out. That will make this beast much easier to wrangle. Current status: all of season 1 is in some level of edit, and I think the writing for season 2 is about 25% done. Season 3 consists of only notes so far.

I’m shooting for an April release date, but you never know what might happen between now and then.

I have also selected a mascot for the series.

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Have a great holiday!!!

Updates

This is my birthday month! YAY! Please give me a moment while I put on my crown.

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I have been SO lazy lately. I’m still not writing anything but notes for future projects. I do have a  series in the works that will likely begin in either the tail end of this year or the beginning of next year. There’s a lot involved, so I’ve been busy putting all my thoughts and ideas into some kind of logical order.

The series is going to consist of creepy/dark short stories and novellas, so each “book” will be either 3 short stories or one novella-length story or maybe something close to novella length. I plan to release one book every month, but I’m not releasing any installments of the series until I have at least 9 months of releases ready to go.

This probably seems daunting, but it’s not as crazy as it might sound. I went through a bit of an obsessive writing spurt a few months ago, so significant progress has already been made. I’m going to finish out my notes for the last few bits and then hopefully embark on another obsessive writing spurt. Momentum is easier to keep when the works are shorter.

Other updates: Scifi novel is on hold. Audiobook – I am procrastinating like nobody’s business. I plan to submit another quality check to ACX by the end of the week. I’m getting closer, and that is very exciting. By the time I get that all worked out, audiobook production is going to feel like a superpower.

That’s it for now.

Current Mood+Who I Write Like

Current mood:

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I have been lazy. I am not writing, aside from some notes for future projects. I have not been editing.

I’ve been brushing up on the writing/plotting skills. Future projects are going to be much more exciting, for sure.

I also did do a who-I-write-like text analyzer thing. Apparently, I write like this guy.

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I have no idea who that is, but I plan to check him out. I was hoping for someone who specializes in one of my preferred genres, but you know, whatever.

Catch ya later, alligators.

 

 

New Toy

Guess what. I have a thing! I’m super excited because I am 99.9% sure this is going to fix the issues I’ve been having with the audiobook recording. I gave it a test run earlier, and so far, there is much magnificence. AND it’s pink!

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I’ve been fighting with Audacity for quite some time. I’ve cruised forums, watched youtube videos, downloaded like 10 plug-ins, learned how to use Nyquist code, etc. It turns out that I had a hardware issue the whole time. I’m still pretty new to the audio game, so I’m still feeling my way around. Learning is always good!

I’m on a bit of a writing break at the moment. I might do a short story here and there, but I need to step back, disengage, regroup. I haven’t done that in quite some time. My writing might be suffering because of it.

I have been reading, though! If you have anxiety and/or your brain won’t shut up (like mine), this book might help. It’s about inner peace and meditation and dealing with the stress that comes from fixating on problems. I’m a bit over halfway through, and it has already helped me a lot. I will say that it can be repetitive at times, but the read is definitely worth it.

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