Thursday, February 16, 2012

Connecting to Characters

My friend posted this on my Facebook the other day and I thought I'd share it with everyone because I loved this quote.


Recently, I've been doing a lot of tests (Myers-Briggs and Strengths Quest). These are used for job searching. Basically you figure out what kind of person you are, what skills you possess based on how you answer questions. Some of my results weren't surprising. For instance, I was Futuristic. Other things did surprise me, though like being a Maximizer and a Strategic.

Maximizer means I am a leader, and Strategic says that I have a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. It says I see beyond complexity and always ask “What if this happened?” to navigate my way through things (A lot like writing works!). 

 One part of me is also called "The Giver" -- a person who looks out for everyone, but really has to work at setting aside time for themselves.

I started to think about which characters were like different parts of me. As writers, parts of us break off and form other characters. The other day I found myself wanting to be more like Cove than Barren. 


Barren is very caring, but he's also always worried about something. He doesn't really think the worst, but he always tries to predict as many scenarios as possible so he's not disappointed. 

Cove is always optimistic and always  seems to know where he's going and what's going to happen. He's a leader. 


At this point in my college career, I really want to be like Cove because I'm not sure what's going to happen. It was easy when I graduated from High School--I was going to go to college, everything would be okay for four years. That four years went by so quickly, I hardly remember most of it. Now I'm going through all sorts of scenarios trying to figure out how my decisions will impact my future...Graduate School? Library Science? Job Search? Career Field?...and I just want one decision (which I will end up making) that I'm optimistic and confident about. 


Then I realized, after contemplating what pieces of me make up both Barren and Cove, that I would be okay...because though I worry and come up with all these scenarios, I'm going to pick one. One that I'm going to be the most confident in...and in the end, I'm not going to know how all those other scenarios play out...maybe they would all lead me to the same place. 

So, Barren and Cove are only two of many characters trying to come together and be...me. 

At the moment, I'm applying to Graduate School for Library Science and Information Technology, looking to enter the job market, and editing my books. I'm excited. These past few months have been so confusing...but I think I finally figured out some things!

<3 

33 comments:

  1. How I see it is none of those paths are wrong. You can't make a wrong decision. Like you said, they will all lead you to happiness.

    And look at you busy girl! Good for you! :) Good luck!

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    1. That's how I ended up feeling, lol. Thank you! It's so stressful! But well worth it!

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  2. That is an awesome quote. And you'll figure things out! One step at a time--just like writing. ^_^

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  3. That is such a great quote! I love it!

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    1. Me too! I has just made a comment on her wall about how all the characters in my head said Happy Birthday to her! lol.

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  4. Awesome quote! It's just a matter of wading through things and figuring out what makes sense! :)

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    1. Yes! I was trying to foresee the results of my choice...but I didn't come up with anything, really...nothing bad. lol.

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  5. Those tests sound so interesting! And love that quote!
    BTW--you've been TAGGED!!! Check out my blog for details! :) http://cortneypearson.blogspot.com/2012/02/tagged.html

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  6. I love tests like that-- I use some of them to help develop my characters! And I love looking over my characters and seeing how they're like me.

    Good luck with grad school and job applications!

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    1. Me too! I really found out some things I didn't know about myself!

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  7. Love the quote. and Aha! moments. I'm happy for you.

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  8. Just tagged you to answer my ridiculous eleven questions at http://amberafterglow.blogspot.com/2012/02/writers-campaign.html Can't wait to see your answers!

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  9. Great quote. I had to read it a few times to make sure I knew what it meant. Love those personality tests.

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    1. lol. Yeah, it was a perfect quote, and came at the right time for me.

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  10. I've always said writers are just schizophrenics utilizing the voices in their heads instead of battling them.

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  11. I Love your blog!! Stopping by from the campaign!!

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  12. Wishing you all the best for the future- good luck Ashley! Great blog too - thanks for sharing. Just stopping by from the campaign. :)

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  13. Hey, thanks Ashley for stopping by my blog. I love yours! And I like the sound of Cove--I think optimism can get you a long way in this life. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I love Cove haha. And optimism!

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  14. Dropping by to say hello! And I love the Fitz quote up there. So true, isn't it? I often feel like the voices in my head are taking ove-- don't listen to her! She's crazy! There aren't any voices in her hea-- be quiet! It's my turn...

    Sigh.

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    1. Oh yes! LOL. They often overcome us, but that's why we're writers! And good ones at that!

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  15. Oooh, what a great way for us to get to know you and your characters! I'm so excited that we're in the same Campaign group :)

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  16. This is great! I love the idea that we are made up of our characters!

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  17. I love the quote, it's soooo true! Stopping my from the campaign. :D It's nice to meet you. I LOVE Pirates! :D

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