For my next WIP, I’m trying a different method for creating my characters. In Plot Versus Character by Jeff Gerke, he suggests starting with a core personality and adding layers from there. While there are plenty of personality type models, I went with the well-known Myers-Briggs. (Here’s a great website to take a simple test.)
I started by finding my most recent main character’s personality type to see how well I had pegged her. It turns out Chloe is an ISFP- Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Perception.
People with this type of personality are usually kind, passionate about their values, and inspire others to be who they are. Oh there’s so much more to it, but that’s a good little snippet.
The main character in my current work-in-progress is an ESTJ- opposite on almost every end of the spectrum from Chloe. And he’s also a boy.
This personality type likes things organized, thinks logically, and appreciates fairness and respect.
If you choose to go with Myers-Briggs to explore your character, you’ll find plenty of information on line for each personality type. Another great resource is the book Life Types by Sandra Krebs Hirsh and Jean Kummerow. It gives a nice breakdown of each preference and then gives details for each of the 16 personality types.
And if you can’t resist, go ahead and figure out your own personality type too.
Me? I’m an ENFP. They like to express their creativity, are curious, and are enthusiastic. Sounds about right.