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In other news, while I was away, I worked out exactly what needs to be done to my NaNoWriMo novel to make it work. I'm not sure it's something I can explain quickly, so I won't bother, but it involves rather more scrapping of existing content and rewriting than I am happy with. Oh well. NaNoWriMo is an exercise in proving that you can write 50,000 words - not an exercise in writing a perfect 50,000 words that need no editing. If you're a published author on your tenth novel, you might be able to write something that needs minimal editing - I'm not, so I can't and shouldn't expect perfection.

I also had a very amusing time yesterday. People on irc were going on about personality tests (like the Kiersey Temperament Sorter/Myers-Briggs, etc), and I did the test with both Alix and Martin. (It didn't take me 20-30 minutes, more like 5 for each of them, but then I read really fast). It was quite hilarious because Alix's answers were almost all "Completely agree" or "Completely disagree" whereas Martin was more measured. Apparently my version of Martin Septim is INFJ, and Alix is ENFP. And then I laughed my arse off when I discovered that those personality types are each other's perfect romantic partners. Awww.

(I did not bother to do the test as myself because I would come out as ENFJ. I always do, unless I'm depressed enough to flip into introversion. Similarly, Richard is about as INTP as it's possible to get. Apparently our personality types are also perfect matches for romantic partners, which is quite, quite amusing.)

Also, here is a picture of Martin which [livejournal.com profile] stellarwind drew for me. It is epic, featuring both his human and dragon forms. Honestly, you should look at it even if you know nothing about Oblivion or Skyrim but simply like dragons.

Date: 2013-07-23 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjl.livejournal.com
I'm not sure experienced authors are that much less likely to need significant editing...

I did the test again and got ISFJ (http://www.16personalities.com/ISFJ-personality). I seem to vary a bit - looking back at when I last did it and saved the result, I got ISTJ, but I've had INFJ as well. (Edit: Just found an LJ comment from 2006, when I was INFP, so apparently only the "I" is constant...)

And that is a great picture.
Edited Date: 2013-07-23 09:10 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-07-23 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baratron.livejournal.com
It would be a different kind of editing, though. Less of the having to throw parts out wholesale, and more of the simply rearranging bits of the story so they flow better. Having actually read through the novel as it exists so far (which I couldn't do when I was away owing to not having my laptop with me), I believe almost all of the material can be salvaged. I'm throwing away much less than I thought I would be.

Also your extreme variance on personality tests is quite amusing, since I'm sure you haven't actually changed all that much in all the years I've known you. Perhaps your interpretation of the questions is different? Or perhaps you're on the borderline for everything except I? The tests usually give you a percentage match for each letter, which is interesting. I normally come out about 50% E, 90% N, 90% F, and 60% J.

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