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.