Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Happy Birthday Libra!
It is no secret to who anyone who knows me that I have a captivated interest in the Zodiac. When I began writing this interest became one of the elements I depended on –not only for the plot in my first series, but also for the development of every character since then. One of the coolest things(I think anyway)about the Zodiac is that most people born under a certain sign have similar traits in their personality. When I meet a character for the first time I watch them in my daydreams for awhile. When I think I’ve picked up a few traits I turn to my favorite astrology book, and look through the sun signs until I feel that I’ve found the perfect sign for this new character.Once their sign is decided I read further into what people under this sign are like,then,almost magically,a world comes to life around them. Knowing the traits of their sign, I’m able to distinguish a believable reaction to the circumstances in world that was brought to life.
Today for fun and to celebrate the month of October I wanted to build a character who was undeniably a Libra (Happy Birthday Libra!).Now,this may be more challenging than I first thought because as a writer I tend to be a panster(I write by the seat of my pants – never pre-plan a thing) but today, instead I am going to be a plotter –and plan this character into existence. If you’re a Libra – or know one well you will have to tell me how close I came to pinning this sign down.
Ok…let’s see, Libra’s are usually beautiful to look at (intoxicating in fact), there is something about their energy that draws people to them. They’re profound listeners and have the ability to see every point of view clearly – this aspect makes them fantastic negotiators. Libras are known to be brilliant people and never let emotions cloud their analytical way of thought. Partnerships are very important to this sign in both love and business – they use their partner to bounce ideas off of and can fall in to funk if they feel that are not getting enough attention from the people they count on. This sign is also known for its love of the arts (every Libra I know loves music) they also adore the finer things in life – their home will have some kind of luxury that they enjoy. The only downside that I clearly know about with Libra’s is that on the inside they struggle to find balance or that element that will make them feel complete, and at times they’re afraid that their huge social circles will discover this unrest that lies within them.
Without a doubt writing about a character with this sign would be stimulating. I could see a hero/heroin that could easily stand between good and evil. Their power to draw opposing sides to them without effort would bring a steady flow of conflict into the plot. The love they have for arts such as music could provide a bit of an edge that would make their natural classic beauty even more addictive. The internal struggle they have to find the one thing that completes them could steer any love story in a thousand directions. The possibilities an author could create with a person with this seemingly erratic balance are simply too numerous to count.
I admit that so far in my style of a panster writing I’ve never created a character with sun sign of a Libra, but after taking the time to learn more about the souls behind this sign I almost feel compelled to. It’s very clear to me that Libras Rock!
So, are there any Libras reading this post? Do you know any Libras? If so how close do did I come to understanding this sign? Are they as addictive as I’ve imagined them to be?
Once again HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIBRA !!!! Have a piece of cake on me:)
Jamie Magee ~ Author of the Insight Series