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Myers Briggs: Get to Know Your Characters

Myers Briggs: Get to Know Your Characters

A little over a year ago, I put Ziva through a Myers Briggs test just out of curiosity and was shocked to find that she has the same MBTI type as I do (ISTJ, for the record). I mean, I had always recognized certain parallels in our personalities, but I definitely hadn't expected the results to be the same. Still, even among the "official" 16 personality types, there are numerous variations and...

Resilience: Excerpts from The Unthinkable

Resilience: Excerpts from The Unthinkable

I mentioned a couple of blog posts ago that one of my upcoming non-fiction reads was going to be The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - And Why. I've been slowly working my way through it during lunch breaks, and while some parts...

Excerpt: A Shooter's Mindset

Excerpt: A Shooter's Mindset

I've never been a huge fan of reading nonfiction, but recently I've found some material that's actually interesting and helpful for me as a writer. I tend to shy away from "writers' guides" and stick more to things with real-world application that I can turn around and apply to my writing. For example, since the majority of my characters are involved in law enforcement of some sort, reading a book that deals with behavioral analysis...