Some old thoughts, accidentally rediscovered ๐Ÿ™‚
Maybe something useful here somewhere?
The “novel” I mention never occurred, but the tips did work in terms of creating new combinations /personality traits.

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Chinese Zodiac. ย Yup, thatโ€™s my new writing trick.

My characters felt like they were lacking in depth. ย I was having a hard time giving them interesting personalities. After all, there are a handful of major characters but a string of supporting characters. ย Yeah, they each had their own personality, but the minor characters felt very two-dimensional. ย One guy was turning into aย caricature.

Then one day, a stroke of good luck made it all so much easier. ย My family ordered Chinese food from the little Mom and Pop restaurant up the street. ย We were sitting at the table and looking at the Chinese zodiacย place mats. ย The next day I was telling everybody how my Mom, Dad, brother, and husband are ALL Tigers. ย It turns out that my son is a Snake and I am a Rat.

After NaNoWriMo I was feeling out of sorts soโ€ฆ

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27 thoughts on “Zodiac Writing

  1. That’s an interesting device. You do always have to find the ‘trick’ that makes a character work, but I’d never thought of using something like this – could be useful. Personally I always like my characters, though, even the unpleasant ones – I’m not sure why ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw one of your wackier chats with Georgia here unless I’m very much mistaken ๐Ÿ˜›


    • Hey, wacky chats can be a very good thing ๐Ÿ˜€

      Really hoping this can come in useful for you some time.

      Some day perhaps I’ll revisit fiction writing …sigh….


        • Really? Well, that’s good news! You’ve got such a great ear (eye?) for characterisation, even in 17 syllables on occasion, that I’m sure you’ll write some wonderful longer fiction if you just relax and let it flow.. ๐Ÿ™‚


        • Thanks Blake — that is so encouraging — if you only knew. I’ve really been stumbling these days. Feeling a bit boxed-in – but that is a long story.


        • Boxed in? That’s clearly no good. But really, there are so many different forms at which you excel that I’m sure you can get yourself ‘un-boxed’ with very little trouble, with the swish of a dove-like wing ๐Ÿ™‚

          And I do look forward to seeing more of your latest adventures in prose…


        • Yes, being boxed-in has been a bit of a headache. But. That is my fault … I’m going to have to explore more options. ๐Ÿ™‚
          Swish! ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Ah … now I understand … I’m a dragon and I’ve been told one of the few signs with which I’ve few problems is the rat … snakes are the only sign that can dominate a dragon … both my son and husband are snakes btw … which is not good for them … but there’s an aspect few westerners know .. the Chinese don’t believe that the Zodiac predestines them to anything … but the year in which one is born tends just to give one certain characteristic. I read a story once where a man who didn’t like what was written in his celestial zodiac, so he snuck into heaven and changed what was written on his scroll … moral of the story … you can always change your fate.

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