Do you ever have that feeling that the world just doesn’t fit right? It’s this overpowering feeling that you’re not doing enough, a longing to live, coupled with the realization that nothing you do will ever fulfill this need.
I get it the most after reading or watching a particularly good story, or when listening to a certain type of music. For me, currently, it’s a mixture of Rogue One and Lord Huron’s Lonesome Dreams album, but really, anything good can set it off.
I went into Rogue One expecting a romance.
Really, who didn’t? There was a girl and a guy for main characters, so obviously sparks would fly.
Well, things didn’t exactly go as planned. (Spoilers ahead)
Ugh. If I’d wanted bad fanfiction, I would have gone to tumblr.
Every word you write makes a promise to your readers. Some are implicit, others explicit. Implicit promises are promises like characterization- with your depictions, you are promising your readers that this is how your characters would act. Explicit promises are promises like, oh, I don’t know, “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years.”
Artistic. Loner. Special.
Many main characters are ISFPs. In fact, this type is the quintessential Main Character: morally concerned, willing to take risks, and independent. But one character type for a role gets boring.
Here’s some tips on writing ISFP characters (Fi, Se, Ni, Te).
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt is a phenomenal novel by Anne Rice. It’s a first person narrative following seven-year-old Jesus Christ as he leaves Egypt and is reestablished in Nazareth with His family.
Caregiver. Meddling. Shoves emotions onto others.
Ruled by emotions. Party animal. Hyper.
Here’s some things to consider when writing an ESFP (Se, Fi, Te, Ni).
Well, Writeousness shifted, out of nowhere, into this monster:
Writeousness: Face Hugger (from Alien)
On the plus side, I’ve gotten tons of editing done over break. If only he’ll shift to a cute little dragon again…
Warm and fuzzy. Sociable. Idealistic.
If I use one of my character aesthetics, I’d get arrested for copyright infringement (Pinterest doesn’t exactly cite its sources)
So, Writeousness hasn’t been around much lately. I have a manuscript I’m deeply in love with, but it’s not the passionate love of a new relationship. It’s more of a married-for-decades type of love.
Which makes editing dismal.
I needed some way to rekindle the flame of my affections. First, I reread some of my favorite scenes (works way better than you’d think) and second, I made character aesthetics.