Saw this, thought it was brilliant, now have it everywhere to keep me on track!
Not everybody thinks the same way. Ok, that obvious. But what does it mean for your writing? I am incredibly visual. So for me, when I read, my eyes switch off; I just see images. When I think, despite being a writer and thinking about writing a lot, I still think in a mixture of words and images, when I am being explained something I need a diagram. But, even if I wasn’t a visual person, I would still value ‘images’. Pinterest is a secret obsession of mine. It truly is an endless supply of muse’s, inspiration, character ideas and writing tips. If you don’t have an account get one, you won’t regret it.
Every time I get a new idea, I create a new board, I have boards for settings, locations, characters, tiny details of worlds and characters, boards for research, boards just for inspiring images to take my brain away to other places, I have a board for just about everything, including Christmas present ideas and games to play with the kid!
My point is, Pinterest.com is possibly one of the most useful sites I have ever been on or signed up to. It is my constant referral page, a mood board I can carry with me in my pocket with 10,000 images all at my fingertips. You could have ten million pictures if you really wanted, your only limited by the amount of time you have! My only negative about pinterest is that as much as I am visual, I also like to see and touch my mood boards, so for me this is a downside, but the ability to be able to have SO many images in one place, far outweighs the fact I can’t touch, re position and faff with the images.
If you don’t have an account, and you signed up as a result of this, let me know how it goes. Happy Pinning!
Ok, so I promise that I won’t constantly talk about Myers Briggs, it is only because I wrote that first post, and then found this blog by Mandy Wallace, about traditional ‘evil’ characters and that they are often INTJ’s, but that writers often mistake what an INTJ is really like. I strongly advise you go read the whole blog – it is fascinating.
The blogger names a lot of typical evil INTJ characters such as: Professor Moriarty, Lex Luther, Emperor Palpatine and Khan, INTJs are the personality type that people love to hate. Which concerns me greatly, because as an ENTJ, I share a lot of similar characteristics! *worried*
The blog also goes into detail about why they are perfect as villains, from their arrogance, to their social awkwardness, and subsequent withdrawal. However, the blogger also notes the following points which are very poignant for any writer of villains:
Finally, I think the paragraphs that really sums up why INTJs are perfect super villains is:
“All of this analysis, coupled with an inability to explain these processes to others, plus their ultimate need to create systems that work means that the INTJ takes confident action while ignoring complainers, naysayers, and doubters. So what you have is a man who knows what he is doing and doesn’t care what other people think about it. “Smart” doesn’t really explain the INTJ’s thinking, though. Because they don’t just memorize data. They break it down to its principles to understand how it all works together and what it implies about every other fact. This makes them incredibly insightful by other people’s standards. Objectively, INTJs have the highest collective IQ of any other type.
This magic elixir: perceived arrogance + perceived lack of emotion + perceived unpredictability + intelligence = prime fictional villain. “
Here are several links to useful information about INTJs
I am a real proponent of Myers Briggs (MB) at the best of times, I have done the test twice, and come out with the same profile. When I first learnt about MB it kinda blew my mind. If you do the official test you get all kinds of information from it, like – how you react under stress, how others perceive you, and what your weaknesses are likely to be. I know I’ve said it, but it really did blow my mind! It was how others perceive me that had the greatest impact on me. My point – is that it got me thinking about how my characters might be seen by each other, or by the readers, or by anyone really other than me. The MB types kind of give you key personality types and I really like working out which types my characters are. Above should be a picture explaining the key characteristics of each type, and a quick google of Myers Briggs will give you countless websites where there are free tests – you could even do the test in character to give you their profile, and obviously google will give you lots of info about the types.
Let me know if you think this is helpful
I am going to run a series of writing tips posts, and a series of writing inspiration posts. As an aspiring writer myself, I am constantly researching and reading other peoples blogs and tips, so I figured why not share the nuggets of wisdom I’ve found for all the other aspiring writers out there.
Scene Lists –
When drawing up your novel structure, something to think about is a scene list – akin to an outline – it helps to formalise the order and details of your scenes – in order. If you use a spreadsheet or table it also makes it super easy to rearrange them. Plus when you need to quickly remember your story – or certain aspects this sheet will provide an easy to read, easy to navigate summary for you.
Key things to include in your scene structure:
Theres a link here to nine famous authors scene charts.