One of the most challenging parts of writing fiction is crafting characters who feel like real people. And if you’re someone who has written multiple books like I have, you might find it hard to come up with characters who feel real and who are also different from the other characters you’ve written.
Personally, I’ve tried a variety of characterization methods. I used to just write on instinct and allow the characters to develop as the story did, but when I do that now, the characters all come out the same. Which doesn’t work well for romances especially since romance stories are interesting becauseof the characters.
I’ve also tried crafting characters using personality types like Myers-Briggs and type A versus type B, but for some reason, those never work for me.
Recently, however, I’ve been getting into astrology, and with my current work in progress, I tried planning according to three facets of the zodiac—the sun sign, the moon sign, and the rising or ascendant sign. Choosing these three dimensions of each character helped me to solidify them in my mind before I started writing, and it’s something I plan on doing for my future projects as well.
I will go into brief detail about each of these three zodiac signs and how I use them to plan characters. As a disclaimer, I am not an expert in astrology by any means. I have a casual interest and a basic understanding of some aspects of it.