Three Kinds of Patterns To Find In (or Write Into) Fiction

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

untitled-1441922-mToday’s post is all about patterns in fiction and in creative writing. And here’s why:

Lately, I’ve been researching the Myers-Briggs classification I test as pretty much every time I take any Myers-Briggs test: INFJ. Turns out it’s rare (around 1% or less of the population).

A WHOLE lot of the basic INFJ description does apply aptly to me, if I’m honest. The good and the bad/the weaknesses. (Avoid confrontation, much????). But one of the coolest things I’ve noticed–an INFJ niche that I definitely fill–is an affinity for patterns.

INFJs see patterns when they exist. We might create them where they don’t. Our memories are largely pattern-structured: we remembers the patterns of the past. (Honestly, I see a real connection between patterns and my need for routine as well. I thrive with a routine. Always have. I don’t extemporize well and I am NOT impulsive. At all.)

I have definitely…

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