The Character Most Writers Get Wrong (And How to Fix It) by Mandy Wallace
You’ll find INTJs cast in villain roles everywhere. From Professor Moriarty and Lex Luther to Emperor Palpatine and Khan, INTJs are the personality type that people love to hate.
Here is the prompt.
Choose a famous character, let’s say Scooby-doo.
List 5 things Scooby-doo can’t get enough of. List 1 thing he can do without.
- Dressing up in costumes
- Hanging with Shaggy
- Practical jokes on the gang
Do the same exercise with your own character.
The question is not how long did it take you or hard it was to come up with your character’s 6 answers. The question is how sure are you that the answers are right. If you are unsure, then maybe you need to spend more time investigating your main character’s psyche.
Article – How to Avoid Writing Repeat Characters by Stephanie Morrill. Helpful advice and the comments are (for once) worth reading.