Personalities

I’ve often wondered whether it’s possible to have more than one personality type. I don’t think people are so rigid as to conform to one particular thing and often, people are fluid and ever changing so I certainly think personalities shift.

I have always considered myself to be an introvert. I remember spending entire summers sitting in the house and reading instead of playing out with friends. When I went to sleepovers, though I enjoyed it, I was always the first up the next morning and ready to go home within the hour. I’ve always liked my own company. It’s when I think best, work best, and generally prefer this. That’s not to say I’m a complete introvert. I have my partner and my family and my close friends who I love spending time with. I enjoy going on holiday with them or for a meal or for a night out. And when it comes to work I find that I’m probably the most extrovert I ever have to be. I wonder if that’s by choice or because my job requires me to be a people person. Either way, when I’m at work I’m sociable and chatty and can see dozens of people a day. When I come home I enjoy just putting on my pjs and watching a film or nestling in front of the laptop.

Perhaps being extroverted at work takes my energy away, who knows. I don’t mind either way but that’s the way I see myself currently. Do I think it will change? Not any time soon. Too much time alone and I get restless, too much time with people and I get irritated. Right now¬† I’m at a happy medium and I’m happy to continue with that too.

What do you think? Is there a possibility that a person can split themselves for certain roles or became more assertive at work? I’d love to hear what you think?

Writing and Critiquing Partners

After taking some advice from a dear friend TS Woolard, I found myself working in a new notebook tonight complete with a new story idea. I have to say that although it took a while to get into it I did get there and I have found myself bursting with ideas for it. Where my other project seems to have come to a bit of a stand still where I’m trying to figure out some of the important plot points, I can work on this in the mean time. Great idea!

I’ve also learned that there is a distinction between a beta reader and a critique partner. Beta readers read the final novel and comment on things such as characterisation and story structure (amongst other things) where a critiquing partner is someone you share with as you work. So for example, every time you finished a chapter you would email it to your critique partner to get an ongoing assessment of it. I think this is a really neat idea. It means you know how things are working as you’re writing and gives you plenty of scope to change if needed.

I’ve written about twelve chapters of the first project I’ve been mentioning. Now that the idea is beginning to become more formulated in my mind I realise that I’m going to have to go back and change quite a lot of it. It’s quite disheartening at times but also very crucial. I think drafting and re-drafting is a very important process of writing. I also like to keep tabs on how many times I draft and keep the different versions of my work if possible.

So tonight, I have been editing ma NaNo novel from 2013, writing a little on my YA novel and outlining for the second one. Productive much!