By ginger takamiya
I live in two worlds all the time. It’s like having two people inside of me. No, I don’t suffer from Multiple Personality Disorder. I’m just a combination of two personality types. Most people are.
Bubbly is Sanguine. She is effervescent, friendly and strives to put you at ease with self-deprecating humor and silly quips; the life of the party. Contemplative is Choleric. She’s more serious, a take-charge kind of gal.
These two halves war sometimes. Bubbly can get in the way when she gets nervous. She wants to go in and have fun and sometimes talks too much, mortifying Contemplative. Contemplative wants to observe people, seek out the one person who needs something from God and help them connect.
Of course they can also work nicely together. Contemplative needs Bubbly to break the ice before she comes out to minister and Bubbly needs Contemplative to calm her down at times.
Each of us are made up of a combination of two or more personality traits:
o Sanguine—The Otter— (that’s Bubbly, impulsive, highly sociable)
o Melancholy—The Beaver— (deep thinkers and feelers, usually the empathizers and introverted)
o Choleric—The Lion— (that’s Contemplative, the take-charge girl, the leader of the pack)
o Phlegmatic—The Golden Retriever— (Loyal, relaxed, difficult to provoke).
Think about your characters now. Do they have more than one personality trait? They should. Especially your POV (point of view) characters. Do a little inventory on them. Are they lying flat on the page or do they have two sides of themselves competing for opposite goals?
Put your characters through a personality test. There are plenty to choose from online. I like Gary Smalley’s version best and it's free.
So what personality would you rate your hero and heroine in? Do they blend at times as well as compete with each other?