Monday, April 13, 2009

Two Sides to Personality Part 1

As writers we spend a great deal of time of personal reflection. I find that I often analyze my thoughts and emotions to try to think how I would describe them in a story.

I also try to read about people and how they act. The biographies of famous people are good for that as are books on psychology written for common people. [Like books on "Helping your Diabetic Spouse" or "Understanding Autism"].

One thing I've found very interesting is what I call the two sides of personality. Remember, ladies, when we were little and a boy would pick on us. The response typically was "Oh, he just picks on you because he likes you." So, attraction was manifested in "violence". I know that is an extreme representation of it, but follow my logic.

How about an attractive, successful woman who feels awkward and inferior. I actually read of a study last fall that said most women classified as "Very attractive" are actually very self-conscious. You would think she would be confident...

So, how to play with this. Give your characters both sides of the personality trait. Have a very kind woman with an anger-management problem. Have a meticulous accountant who constantly loses his car keys. have a successful business professional who constantly second-guesses their own decisions.

Tomorrow we are going to look at this two-sided personality and see how our OWN quirks affect our sales and marketing.

Tiffany Colter is a writer, speaker and writing career coach who works with beginner to published writers. She can be reached through her website at
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1 comment:

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