Profiling Personalities

Given my IWSG post this month, I am working diligently towards a goal of sustaining myself. Not just because I want to be self-reliant, but because I have to be. I’m sure another place would open up to me and I can move and live there for a spell, but I don’t want to keep doing that. As they say, Need is the Mother of Invention.

Look at the name of the ship. From Red vs Blue.

I want to chronicle my journey as it pertains to writing. This blog is a major part of me, and all of you who visit my site have made it what it is. This year I expect to get to 50k views. So it’s only fitting that I keep everyone up to date.

However, this is a Writing Education blog, so I will try to throw some education in, for good measure.

Help Keep This Site Running

The success of this site has been a dream come true. It is my hope for this to remain on the internet indefinitely, but due to my disability, my funds will be short. I need your help to keep this site running.

I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-madness-worldbuilding-continue

I am working on one of my projects that I think holds a lot of promise. I will say for now that it is a Writing Help Book, and it helps people map out their characters. As I get closer to a release date, I will reveal more. Part of what I have to do for this book though is get inside the mind of characters and fully explore who they are.

In the past I’ve spoken about profiling and the importance of being able to understand yourself before you can understand others. That holds true for my project. Face it, we are creatures with biases. We can’t help it. We try not to, but at the end of the day, we breath oxygen and we have biases.

The key to getting in your character’s minds is not to remove your biases (although it help), but be aware of them. Most biases are more like instinctual tendencies that we have rather than ones we actively choose. We need to not only identify what our tendencies are, but why they exist.

For example, I have abandonment issues. I know this about myself, and it can affect my decisions. I try to make decision being aware of it, but it’s not very easy. But when it comes to being in character’s heads, I must realize that they may not have that issue, no matter how justified I might personally feel it is. I have to disconnect from myself, to mentally think as someone else.

Dungeons and Dragons (or in my case Mechwarrior) really helps with that. But also doing theatre/drama. Roleplay is an immensely powerful learning experience for us writers. You get a chance to join a game, I recommend it, preferably one that rewards roleplaying your characters. One of my side projects I happen to be doing here and there is making my own version of Mechwarrior. But I digress.

For me, it is rather taxing. I have to do this several times for each kind of character, and there are well over 100 types. But it will be worth it when I release this book, and I hope all of you benefit from it.

Help Keep This Site Running

This site is a great achievement for me, but due to being unable to work, I may not be able to keep this site running. With your help, I might be able to.

I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-madness-worldbuilding-continue

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