Myers-Briggs Characterization

If you missed it on Friday, at The Criminal Element I chatted about Maria Duenas’ novel The Time in Between.

And now, fun with personality tests!

If you’re ever feeling at a loss about a character – either one you’ve already created, or one you need to create – an excellent way to jumpstart your thought process is to look at the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. MBTI basics.

Various tests to determine your character’s Type can be found on the internet, for example here and here.

You can imagine you’re the character, then take the test. Whatever result you get can help you to figure out how the character will act and react in given situations. It can also be a lot of fun to take two characters of very divergent types and see what tensions are created simply by the different ways they deal with the world.

There’s no law, of course, saying you have to go strictly by the results you get for any given character. But it can be a useful guideline.

And if you don’t want to bother with quite so much work, another option is to look at a list that describes various personality types for different horoscopes or birth years.

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.