Monthly Archives: January 2019

Character Creation

Creating a Character

This month’s topic: How do you develop secondary characters? Do you
even have a favorite secondary character?

I don’t develop secondary characters any differently than I develop the major ones: I imagine them moving and talking, and I write little scenes about them. I know that many authors fill out lists of characteristics about their characters, but I usually can’t answer those questions until after I’ve written most of the first draft.

I do sometimes give my characters personality tests. Myers-Briggs is a favorite of mine, not because I take it as gospel in any way, but because it is pretty quick and easy to use. Enneagrams, which I believe gives a much fuller picture of a character, is, for me, both more difficult to “administer” and more difficult to understand.


This test was once a popular method of typing your boss and co-workers. Your Myers-Briggs type is a four-letter code that spells out your place on each of the four axes:

E or I: Introverted or extraverted

N or S:  Intuition (N) or sensing(S) N’s start with the big picture and S’s start with the details.

F or T: Feeling (F) or Thinking (T). Feelers make decisions with their hearts (think Captain Kirk) and T’s with their heads (Mr. Spock).

J or P: Judging(J) or Perceiving(P):  J’s enjoy routine and P’s like surprises.

Here is a writeup of the eight preferences:

and here’s one about the sixteen types:  www.k

Multiple-choice Myers-Briggs test:

A much simpler one where you just have to pick one in each of the four categories (includes descriptions):

Another simple test:


An Enneagram is pictured as a circle with intersecting lines, and a type consists of one of the nine types, a wing type, and a variant. In spite of having taken an online course and doing some reading on Enneagrams, I still don’t have much of a ‘feel’ for the types.



Chakras and enneagram information, easier (IMO) to understand

About the nine types:

Free enneagram test

Another one

Character Creation Software

Typing Chimp has a free version available for download. It’s loads of fun, but some features are disabled:

Writers cafe


Here is a link to my publisher’s website, where you will find all four of the novels mentioned above:

Do check out the posts of the other participants

Skye Taylor
Margaret Fieland
Helena Fairfax
Dr. Bob Rich
Fiona McGier
Beverley Bateman
Connie Vines
Judith Copek
Rhobin L Courtright

Victoria Chatham