What’s the secret to writing fictional characters readers fall in love with? What makes us reread our favorite novels, revisiting the same characters through the years like old friends?
Some writers are naturals at it. Lifelong people watchers, they seem to “get” how other people work without trying. So of course their fictional characters are complex and realistic. Of course their characters leap off the page.
But not every writer is an expert in people.
That doesn’t mean your characters are doomed to be cardboard cutouts. There’s hope for the writers who have something to say but aren’t sure yet how to create characters realistic enough to say it.
If you struggle to create characters who are complex and distinct. If you find yourself scratching your head at every plot turn, unsure of what your character would say or do or think next—then you know the struggle.
You know what it’s like to want your character to become so real, she takes over the story—but every word you write just reminds you she’s still a stranger.
So how do you flesh out a character who falls flat? How do you fix cliched, unlikable characters? How do you define characters who are too predictable or distinguish the ones who act just like every other character in the story?
There’s a tool for that.
It’s called MBTI. And it’s your new secret weapon for creating fictional characters as complex and realistic as you are.
This is The MBTI for Writers series.
Fictional Characters Made Easy: What We Cover in MBTI for Writers
- What exactly MBTI is (the quick and dirty version for writers)
- A simple overview of the 16 MBTI personality types (i.e. what’s really going on inside the heads of each personality type)
- Quick tips for getting into each type’s head so you can see the story through their eyes—even when the character is NOTHING LIKE YOU (Because what better way to know how they would act and respond to the plot than to see the world how they see it?)
- How to use each of the 16 MBTI types as a character mold to build out an endless cast of truly unique, surprising, and ultra-realistic fictional characters your readers will love (and love to hate)
- What so many people get wrong about MBTI and how writers can use it to their advantage
- Ways to build out each personality type so each one is new and unique—no matter how many times you’ve reused the mold
- Every Great Work of Fiction Has This One Thing (Introduction to the MBTI for Writers Series)
- So What Is MBTI? The 5-Minute Breakdown for Writers
- The Truth about MBTI Character Types Every Writer Should Know
- 3 Ways to Know (or Choose) Your Character’s MBTI Type + An Overview of the 16 Types
- See Through Your Character’s Eyes: How to ‘Experience’ the 8 MBTI Functions Like Your Fictional Characters Do
- How to Make Each Character Type Unique—Even If You’ve Used That Type Before
- 11 Smart Reasons to Create Your Next Fictional Character Using MBTI
- Do You Really Understand Your Character? Cheatsheets for Writing Each of the 16 MBTI Types
- ENTJ Character Design Cheatsheet
- INTJ Character Design Cheatsheet
- ENTP Character Design Cheatsheet
- INTP Character Design Cheatsheet
- ENFJ Character Design Cheatsheet
- INFJ Character Design Cheatsheet
- ENFP Character Design Cheatsheet
- INFP Character Design Cheatsheet
- ESTJ Character Design Cheatsheet
- ISTJ Character Design Cheatsheet
- ESTP Character Design Cheatsheet
- ISTP Character Design Cheatsheet
- ESFJ Character Design Cheatsheet
- ISFJ Character Design Cheatsheet
- ESFP Character Design Cheatsheet
- ISFP Character Design Cheatsheet
- Common Arguments against MBTI (And Why They’re Dumb)
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