Psychology, People, and Personalities in Writing

Psychology has always been a fascinating subject of study and scrutiny for me. Only last week I identified the source of frustration I constantly felt about people: I just want to understand them. What goes in each of their little minds that causes them to do, say, act, feel? What thoughts and emotions and beliefs make them stand for something, hold a particular perspective, feel a certain way? What is it like in your funny little brains?

Of course, the answers to these questions have to do with other things besides psychology. In fact, a person’s psychology is shaped and built on that human’s early life, their childhood, the parents that raised him/her. And history and life circumstances impact a person’s psychology even more than we think.

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The Six Question Character Challenge: A Sneak Peak at Netherworld’s Characters

A little while ago, I was tagged by Jeneca, over at the blog Jeneca Writes, with the Six Question Character Challenge. I gladly welcomed the excuse to obsess over my people from my WIP novel, so many thanks to Jeneca. (Go follow her blog, by the way. You know you want to and for good reason.)

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The Writer’s Thoughts: Should I Use the MBTI in Writing?

It was a few weeks ago when a fellow writer introduced the idea to me of using the MBTI for fiction, and it was a week ago that I posted on my MBTI type so that other writers could understand the ISFP in terms of giving it to one of their characters. I thought all this was a great idea, but before I begin giving my characters each a personality type, I thought I would post today on some of my thoughts on doing it first and see what you guys think.

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MBTI Blog Challenge: How to Write an ISFP

Last week I was tagged by Hannah Heath at her blog on the post MBTI Blog Challenge: How to Write an INFJ. The point of this challenge is to describe your personality type so that other writers can understand that type better and apply it to their characters. Cool idea, right? Thanks for the challenge, Hannah *Davy Jones accent* I accept, mate.

How this challenge works: Write a blog post on your personality type. How do you perceive the world around you, what are your fears, strengths, weaknesses, and passions, what makes you happy or upset?  Then tag other writers and soon we’ll have a web of posts on all the different MBTI types. This would be incredibly helpful for writing up a realistic cast of characters, yes? So, let us begin on information on an ISFP written by the ISFP.

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