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Create Characters Through Numerology

For today’s #ThrowbackThursday, we’re in the Wayback Machine, traveling to another of my favorite posts where we explore how to create characters through numerology.

Use numerology to define fictional character traits. Learn more at www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

Use numerology to create characters

 

In today’s AtoZChallenge, the letter “N” is for Numerology

Today, we continue exploring character development, using Numerology as our base.

Numerology traces its origins to the ancient Greece mathematician, Pythagoras, one of the founders of geometry (Yuck!). He discovered the relationship between mind and energy and the almost uncanny match of personality traits based on one’s birth date.

In recent times, author Dan Millman’s book, The Life You Were Born to Live, has renewed the study of numerology.

A quick overview of each life path number

  1. Creative, confidence, self-motivated
  2. cooperation, balance, peacemakers
  3. expressive, sensitive, optimistic
  4. stable, practical, hardworking
  5. freedom, discipline, adventurous
  6. acceptance, nurturing, compassionate
  7. trusting, intuitive, pessimistic
  8. ambitious, goal-oriented, blunt
  9. humanitarian, compassionate, generous

How can I use numerology to define my character’s personality?

First, start with their birthday. I know, fictional characters don’t usually have birthdays. Look at your era, at astrological signs, and at numerology traits to determine a date.

Let me give you an example. Annie Faraday, the main character in the book I’ll write later this year (it’s a WWII story), was born on January 20, 1920. Adding her birth date together 0+1+2+0+1+9+2+0, we arrive at 15. Taking this one step further, add 1+5 to arrive at Annie’s life path number of 6. We express this as 15/6, as the “1” and “5” are minor influencers.

Turning to Mr. Millman’s book, we see the characteristics of a “6” personality are:

  • Nurturing
  • Symathetic
  • Compassionate
  • Loyal
  • Protective

“6’s” are often called caretakers.

Each characteristic has a negative side to it. “6’s” can become anxious, suspicious, jealous or unstable.

The “1” minor influence in Annie’s numbers gives her focus, strong-will, courage, and possibly makes her stubborn and selfish.

The “5” minor influence can make her adventurous, flexible, social, or unstable and careless.

As you can see, Annie can be a complex character, but isn’t that what you want for the characters you write?

And remember, not all “6” are alike, as not all Geminis are alike. There is no monopoly on a trait.

Writing characters is a complex task

Many factors should be taken into consideration when creating a character. Take me, for example.

  • Astrology (I’m a Leo, bossy and confident).
  • I’m also the first born (responsible, driven, confident).
  • I’m a 31/4 (imaginative and optimistic from the “3”, independent and stongwilled from the “1”, and the “4” life path number is characteristic of a step-by-step approach. “4’s” are often called the builder.)
  • On the Myers-Briggs test, I come out as either an INTJ (imaginative and strategic thinkers) or an ENTJ, (bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders). My classification depends on how introverted (I) or extroverted (E) I’m feeling when I take the test.

Numerology can create friction between your characters

People with a life path number of 4 are hard working,

People with the lifepath number of 2 are practical and sensitive. They are often called The Balancer.I’m a “4”. The builder. Step-by-step. Start at A and end at Z.

My husband is a “2”. The balancer. Considers all contingencies before making a decision.

I want to start. He wants to know if the possibility of rain will influence the decision. Or a full moon. Or if it’s a Tuesday.

Life has been easier once I discovered his vacillation is the perfect character trait of a “2”. He can’t help himself.

I found this chart online that will tell you the compatibility of people with two different life numbers. I’ll be using it in the future.

Numerology is one way to create your fictional characters. What method do you use?

Blessings until then,

Cheryl

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Adding an image to your post or social media updates will increase visibility and engage your customers. Find free images at these sites, listed on www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday looks at how important it is to add images to your blog posts

Should you add images to your blog posts?

Adding images to your post or social media updates will increase visibility and engage your customers. Opinions vary, but clicking on an image makes your posts more clickable by 38%-300%. Whatever the figure, we can all use more visibility.

But Cheryl, I can’t afford 3-5 images for each blog post or Tweet. What am I to do?

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Don’t use an image you did not create or have permission to use.

Don’t use an image you find on Google

As tempting as it is, don’t copy and paste an image you’ve found on Google. Using one you did not create or have permission for will put you in legal deep water. You can be sued. For lots and lots of money. Commercial photographers employ programs that can find their photos online. They’ll send you a letter to cease and desist. Or their lawyer will. Is your Tweet photo worth it? Besides, it’s stealing, not to mention lazy.

Where can I find free images?

Oh, I’m so glad you asked. I have two or three favorites, but I’ve scoured the internet to find a list of sites that provide free images for your use. Please read their guidelines on whether attribution is required or not.

Add Images to Your Blog Posts. Adding an image to your post or social media updates will increase visibility and engage your customers. Find free images at these sites, listed on www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

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Any tips?

Of course. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I couldn’t end this post without a few tips.

  • Use one of the following image making sites to add text to your image:
  • See that text below the image? It’s known as titling (not tilting, as I first read it). Be sure to add a caption to your text. Do not use IMG_0953.JPG or whatever your phone camera assigns to the photo. Search engines (such as Google) want to find your blog and images. They want to rank it and display it on searches. They value your words and images, but not if you hide them.
  • When uploading an image to your blog, have you wondered what ALT Text is? It’s the title or text you’ll find under the image when it’s displayed on social media, such as Pinterest. Doesn’t it make sense to add your blog title, a description and your URL? You are pinning your blog posts, aren’t you?

Nothing will add pizzazz to your blogs more than an image. Use the above tips to find and use them on all your social media platforms.

Blessings,

Cheryl

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Writing advice from a dieter's point of view. Great advice for writers and dieters.

Throwback Thursday

The following is a blog post from June, 2009. It’s great writing advice for writers and dieters, just as relevant now as it was then.

Advice for writers and dieters

Writing advice from a dieter's point of view. Advice for writers and dieters.Recently, while surfing the internet, I found some tips for maintaining a healthier lifestyle that could easily be applied to a healthier writing life style:

  • You can become whatever you envision. Yeah, that’s right. If you think like a best-selling author, you’ll draw more attention and success than if you believe you’ll always fail.
  • Claim your power. You know you have it, or why pursue writing for a career/hobby/something to get away?  Empower yourself with your talent and get to work.
  • Set your priorities. Write another scene or blog? Send out a query to an agent or an editor? Research your next work or edit your last scene? Without a clear path, you won’t make progress.
  • Get pushy with yourself. The book won’t write itself. If you think you’ll only have time for one page today, write two. Set your timer for fifteen minutes, turn off your inner editor, and push through, no stops, no looking up stuff, until the timer goes off. Then write another page.
  • Give yourself permission to succeed. Nothing makes me angrier than hearing a fellow writer talk about submitting, then hearing her follow it up with a self depreciating remark. Hey, if you’re going to write, then at least believe you’ll succeed at it. As Yoda said, “There is no try, there is only do.”
  • Give yourself permission to be awesome. Yes.You. You tell it to your kids everyday. Why treat yourself to a lesser attitude?
  • Become part of a circle. Whether it’s a writing group, a critique group or a good friend who’s not afraid to tell you when your story has strayed, find a foundation of support that will help you grow.

These tips were meant to help lose weight, but if they work to make you a better writer, so much the better.

Blessings,

Cheryl

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