Wednesday, 14 August 2013


How geeky is it to know the MBTi types of your main characters?
If you’re not familiar with Myers-Briggs, the basic theory is that you have preferences ([I]ntroverted or [E]xtraverted, [S]ensing or i[N]tuitive, [T]hinking or [F]eeling, [J]udging or [P]erceiving) and there are sixteen personality types. As I understand it, in situations where you are in control, you act within your type with assurance and confidence. Where you are out of your comfort zone and stressed, you may be forced to act as the opposite that you’re not so well practiced at and that’s not great.
 quick, alert and outspoken. ENTPs are strong in initiative, resourceful, ingenious and stimulated by difficulties. They hate routine. They tend to be independent and charming.
Hilyer is ESTJ: practical, realistic and decisive. ESTJs take care of routine details and base plans on established fact. They are self-confident, aggressive and like to have fun. They have a clear set of standards to live by.
When writing them both, it was cool to throw them into situations where they couldn’t rely on their natural preference and see how badly they coped. Cruel, I know, but as I’ve said before, I worked through a lot of anger when writing those books.
NG is so down the middle, it’s intimidating. He can be introverted or extroverted with equal ease. He wheels and deals in facts as easily as he relies on his own intuition. He is incredibly logical but is a natural empath. He can be judging and orderly equally as well as he can be perceptive and spontaneous. He can deal with anything. So to test him, the pickles I’m throwing him into are having to be worse, tougher and downright dizzying. For us both.

Briggs Myers, Isabel. 1980. Gifts Differing. Davies-Black Publishing, CA.

Focus or go for scattergun?

I’m finding it tough to concentrate at the moment. As well as working on book three of the Thieves’ Guild, I’m also writing a non-fiction book and working through some other ideas. I have two books out there already that I’m supposed to be marketing and selling. Add in my day job of working on other people’s books and the six weeks summer holiday entertaining two toddlers, and chaos ensues.
An article I read recently argued the importance of only working on one project at a time to focus. It made me feel bad. I’ve never been able to do just one thing at a time. I’m fickle.
A lot more people say to just write. Write and enjoy it. Whatever it is. Be prolific.
It would be wonderful to have the luxury of concentrating on one thing at a time, but that’s not me anyway.
The non-fiction book and other ideas I’m working on are a lot less fun than sci-fi. They’re serious. They don’t have big guns, merciless bounty hunters, back-stabbing traitors and poison-wielding assassins.
I’m enjoying writing NG, especially when Hilyer and LC are involved too, so that’s what I’ll stick to at the moment… in between play-doh disco, checking the Kindle sales and waiting for the football season to start.

ps. buy my books at Amazon (does that count as today’s marketing efforts?)