writing humors

  • Sometimes writing is like: The forest arched high an impassable over her head, thickets thatched tightly together as if to keep her out. Even the trees seemed more foreboding, hollowed and bare, wind whistling ominously through their empty branches like a long-forgotten song.
  • And sometimes it's like: The forest was filled with trees. It also had bushes. Ugly bushes. it was spooky.

Four Temperaments Chart

I’ve been looking at ways of writing character groups that work; one of the classics is the Freudian Trio, (like Kirk, Spock, and Bones in Star Trek TOS) but since I’m working in an ancient world setting, the Four Temperament Ensemble, being based on ancient Greek concepts, seems to make more sense. I found some charts on the internet, but none had all the info, so I added some color coding and additional notes to one that was pretty good.

These go back at least as far as Hippocrates, c. 460 – c. 370 BC.

“I should really take notes while I write,” I grumble as I search through the entire first half of my manuscript, trying to find a single mention of the time lapse between two random events in history.

"I should really take notes while I write,” I command myself as I search through every scene which includes a certain side character, attempting to find the descriptor I used for their skin tone.

“I SHOULD REALLY TAKE NOTES WHILE I WRITE,” I scream while pounding my head into my keyboard, hoping desperately that somehow I will magically stumble upon that one scene where a side character mentioned the full name of someone who doesn’t even appear until the third book. 

“Taking notes while writing has helped me so much,” I never ever say, because I never actually do it.