How to Differentiate Characters

How to Differentiate Characters

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Writing strong, unique characters who intrigue, disturb, and delight is how top authors distance themselves from the also–rans and build a loyal readership eager for their next installment. Everyone talks about strong characterization in the industry, but very few people offer tools or a methodology to accomplish it. In this presentation, writers learn how to use tools such as the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator and Keirsey Temperament Sorter to craft 16 distinct character types that resonate true to real life, and build character profiles that will help prevent "personality drift" and "a cast of clones" in your fiction.


Brian Andrews is a US Navy Veteran who served as an officer aboard a 688 class nuclear submarine in the Pacific. He is a Park Leadership Fellow, graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in psychology, and holds a Masters degree from Cornell. Brian co-authors two thriller series with Jeffrey Wilson (Tier One and Beijing Red). He lives in Tornado Alley with his wife and three daughters.

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