Can writers create successful character when they write across gender lines? (Whatever those might me . . .) Michele Willens in The Atlantic checks in . . .
Considering basing a character on a real person? You might like to read this first . . .
The enneagram is an ancient heuristic for human personality. It’s akin to astrology and numerology and tarot cards in terms of its verifiability (that is, it’s not science, dudes. It’s not even social science).
Nevertheless, it’s a useful framework for understanding human personality from the perspective of character development. Writers can use it as a launch pad for explorations into motivation and character traits. Dave Wiseheart has written a book about this called How to Write Great Characters: The Key to Your Hero’s Growth and Transformation. The e-book edition is on for 99 cents right now at Amazon.
What do you use to develop character and motivation?
Special thanks to the always-awesome Nancy Shanteau for linking me to this info! She’s the bomb. 🙂