Long term readers of this blog will remember that Laurie Campbell was the woman who introduced me to enneagrams and their possibilities for character creation.
She is giving an online workshop in October and she is very good. Certainly she inspired me!
MOTIVATION FOR CHARACTERS (AND REAL-LIFE PEOPLE)
We don't care much about the cabbie who drives our hero to the train station, so that cabbie doesn't need any particular motivation...any particular personality type.He doesn't need to overcome any problems in his life.But every major character has to overcome something in order to evolve during the course of the book. And that's why writers need to know our characters' fatal (or not-so-fatal) flaws.
So it's handy that enneagram theorists have identified nine personality types...each with its own unique strength, and each with a flaw that happens when that strength is taken to extremes.We can use the nine types (Perfectionist, Nurturer, Adventurer, Romantic, Observer, Skeptic, Enthusiast, Leader, Peacemaker) to generate conflict BETWEEN and WITHIN likable, realistic characters.Want to know more? You'll find it in Laurie Schnebly Campbell's yahoogroups class during October, "Creating Your Hero's Fatal Flaw."If you're interested, click www.WriterUniv.com -- and feel free to forward this to anyone else who might be interested. Thanks!