Have you ever thought about how intrinsically unique we are made? But what happens when you don’t fit the box? What if, from the outside your complex character looks simple?
Over the past year or so I’ve been called an ‘A’ type personality, a melancholy and several other boxed up personality traits that I don’t consider fit me well.
The most recent went something like this, ‘Because you enjoy writing, and you enjoy being home with your children (home schooling), you are an introverted type person.’
You see, I grew up in a house of introverts who were mostly melancholic. Being the youngest, I guess it was inevitable to outwardly pick up many of those traits.
When I look at the meaning of introvert and extrovert, I don’t fit either. I’m happy to be off in my mind creating stories, yet I get charged with energy while with people.
My sister and I discovered a term years ago that I think is a better fit – an Introverted Extrovert. Impossible? No. Unique? Yes.
Seeing myself through the eyes of others and knowing who I was created to be, has given me greater perspective as I embark on writing about two girls who seem outwardly quite simple yet inwardly they are uniquely complex. My hope is to let their uniqueness shine but in a simple way as to not confuse the reader.
Do you fit a personality box?
If you write, have you created a character that is uniquely complex yet simple to read about? Or do you try and keep your characters in standard boxed up personalities?