Writer’s Resources

My Writing Binder ~ Part 1

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I find it very helpful to keep a writing binder for each of my story ideas.  This keeps all my papers and notes from getting lost or wrinkled.  I divide my three ring binder into different sections ex. characters, plot, setting, research with page dividers.  I always have a regular lined notebook to write down random ideas or to brainstorm with my binder.

Here are the things that are in my ‘character’ tab:

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This is an example of a character inspiration picture. This one was originally black and white, but I printed it out and colored her how I wanted her.
  • Each of my main and supporting character’s sketches.
  • Each of my main and supporting character’s inspiration picture so I can envision them more clearly.
  • K.M Weiland’s blog post on character archetypes.
  • Any other helpful blog posts on creating or developing characters.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you what’s in my ‘plot’ tab!




Creating Characters

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I know these are a dime a dozen, but I made a printable character development worksheet for anyone who is interested. Enjoy!

Character Sketch- Main Character

Character Sketch- Supporting Character

The Four Temperaments

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Recently, I’ve been learning about the four temperaments.  I’m reading a book called The Temperament God Gave You, by Art and Laraiane Bennett.  The four temperaments are choleric, phlegmatic, sanguine and melancholy.  Understanding each one’s strengths and weaknesses can help you understand yourself and others better.

The four temperaments are a very old method for figuring out personality.  Hippocrates (460-377 B.C) may have been the first to discover them.  His theory was that each temperament was created by an imbalance of fluid in the body, which is why they each have strange names.

Choleric: yellow bile from the liver

Phlegmatic:  phlegm from the lungs

Sanguine: Blood from the heart

Melancholy: black bile from the kidneys

I’ve also found that knowing the four temperaments is also helpful for figuring out characters.  It’s a very concise method, since there are basically four types (there are secondary temperaments too). This method is my second favorite for characters, next to the enneagram types.  I’m melancholy, and in my current novel, my protagonist is a choleric.

Here is an overview of the four temperaments.

Choleric (The Achiever) 

Generally, cholerics are people who get things done.  They are extraverted, confident and decisive.  They react the quickest out of all the temperaments.  The choleric temperament is the opposite of the phlegmatic temperament.








A natural leader


Quick thinker


Not easily discouraged

Doesn’t complain





Not compassionate



Prone to anger

Makes rash choices



Doesn’t like to listen to others, always wants to be in charge

Can’t relax




Phlegmatic (The Diplomat) 

Generally, phlegmatics are people who like peace and quiet.  They are introverted, reserved and slow to anger.  The phlegmatic temperament reacts the slowest out of all the four.




Team players

Encourage others

Settle arguments (as long as they are not directly involved in the conflict)


Not easily stressed


Easy to get along with

Good planners




Plans, but never starts



Hates conflict



Struggles with change

Holds grudges


Hard to motivate themselves




 Sanguine (The Enthusiast) 

Generally, sanguines are partyers. They like having fun and are people-oriented. They are extraverted, excitable and spontaneous.  The sanguine temperament is the opposite of the melancholy.




Life of the party

Motivates others

Inspires others to join in the activity



Wants to please


Doesn’t hold grudges

Makes things fun

Likes volunteer work


Wants to be popular and fit

Talks too much and interrupts others


Doesn’t see the long-term effects of their actions





Lacks follow-through

Struggles to be alone





Melancholy (The Idealist) 

Generally, melancholies are people who are serious and focused on the ideal.  They are introverted, intelligent and empathic.  Melancholies are the most introspective of all of the temperaments.  Many writers were melancholy.




Deep thinker

Likes serious discussions or debates

Loyal friends



Very disciplined


Appreciates beauty


Sees long-term effects of their actions



Tends towards depression and anxiety





Dislikes change

Hard to please

Critical of others

Not open and friendly

Holds grudges



To learn more about the four temperaments, click here.   To take a personality test, click here.

Short Stories

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Recently, I’ve been writing more short works.  Fanstory has helped me write more because of the daily prompts and contests.

I personally really like short stories.  They are good practice for novelists, because a short story is built similarly to a novel.  I’ve also used a short story to ‘get to know’ my character if I don’t have a clear idea of how they should be.  Short stories also make great blog posts, and if they are long enough, they can be a part 1, part 2, which creates suspense for your followers.   I found a blog post that works you through the steps of writing a short story, all the way from inspiration to the rough draft.

The author, Paul Alan Fahey, is an accomplished writer and has published several short stories and novellas.

This post was so helpful for me, and I now better understand how to create a short story.  I hope to write a short story soon and post it on this blog.

Great Writing Resource

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I recently found a really great writing resource.  It’s called Fanstory.

Fanstory is a  website that lets you publish your work and get feedback from other writers (varying in skill level) on how to improve your writing.   They also offer daily contests that you can win either member money (you can promote your writing and join more contests with member money) or real money, depending on the contest.

I’ve had an account on Fanstory for about two weeks and it has been such a blessing.  I have a problem with procrastinating and the time sensitive contests force me to get writing;-)  The solid feedback has been so helpful as well.  So far, I’ve won two contests.

I’d suggest Fanstory to anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.  If you decide to buy a membership with Fanstory, I’d love if you did it here, or by clicking the Fanstory widget on my blog’s sidebar .  For every member who joins because of my link, I’ll get 1o member dollars on my account:-)

Happy writing!