IWSG July 3: Character Traits

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe,Natalie AguirreJennifer LaneMJ Fifield, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

IWSG QUESTION: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?

ANSWER: I’m the main character in my real life adventures and a witness to life. I live on a sailboat in Mexico and married to a a retired Air Force veteran. My career was “Jack-of-All-Trades.”

I’ve been an escrow officer (confirm the buyer and the seller fulfill all contracts obligations before releasing funds.); television producer (script writer, location sound recordist, camera operator, editor); technical publication specialist (formatting 300 page documents for print); sailor and navigator (command La Vita at sea and chart our route to next destination).

What are my personal traits? What strengths and weaknesses do I bring to my character? After some soul searching, I came up with these traits:

Mild Dyslexia: which leads to self-doubt;
Witness: I am an observer to events around me

I seem to “see” unique incidents that others seem to ignore;
Passionate: in supporting Rick (my husband) through life and major medical crises in foreign lands;
Love: to enhance relationships through sharing (food, ideas, encouragement);
Curious: often asking myself, “What if?”
When facing a challenge, I often rely on my curiosity to reach a solution;
Clever: often solving problems via unconventional methods (which are sometimes misunderstood);*
Motto: “I’ll figure it out on the way”
One example: This attitude gave me the courage to drive a rental car on Los Angeles, California freeways during rush hour and in the rain. Then we returned to Mexico, and I drove the tourist clogged Puerto Vallarta city streets …Oh, did I mention this was the first time I’d driven 10 years?;
Desire: To write “slices of life” stories that inspire, enlighten, and make people cringe.

*The text in red was added by my husband.

Thank you for visiting. I look forward to reading your post and offering a comment or two.

12 thoughts on “IWSG July 3: Character Traits

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Living in Mexico, beginning in 2009, has enriched my life and appreciation for other cultures beyond my wildest expectations. Living on a sailboat is fun and more work than the 4-color fancy magazine ads would like you to know. Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment. Very much appreciated.

  1. Ha ha ha! I love that your husband added some text to your post. Wow, you have such a wealth of experience, professionally and personally, from which to draw. Happy 4th to you, expat!

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      I’m delighted you commented on Rick’s insight. He’s kinda structured and I am a seat-of-pants person. We have learned our strength is in our differences.
      Thanks for co-hosting this months IWSG blog hop. And cheers to a Happy 4th of July.
      Your friendly expat.

  2. Hi,
    I look forward to reading your book about the spices of life. I had to laugh with great approval at your motto, I’ll figure it out while I am on the way. That’s taking risks! Yes, sometimes those risks are scary because you can’t prepare for them, but it is for better taking a risk than living in the safety zone. You’ll never know unless you get out there and try it.
    This built me up. It was a great encouragement for me today.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat,
      Interesting my “Slices of Life” became your “Spices of Life.” Food for thought! As I think you’ll agree, taking risks outside our comfort zone has hidden rewards. Often, enriching our live and strangers at the same time. Thank you for visiting and taking a moment to comment.

  3. I love that your hubby added to the post. Very cute!

    A great list of traits. My fave is curiosity, perhaps because that’s one of mine too 🙂

    Well done on driving in LA in rush hour the rain. That alone would have made me a nervous wreck, but to do it after ten years of not driving is truly impressive!

    1. Hi Ellen,
      Curiosity opens so many doors! Rick was unable to drive as he was recovering from surgery. I am a cautious driver and that drove Rick crazy He drove me crazy with his “helpful suggestions.” Only time we’ve had “intent and lively discussions.” My blood pressure goes up just thinking about this time in our lives.

      Thanks for your comments and co-hosting July’s IWSG blog hop.
      Best of luck with your latest release, Poisoned by the Pier.
      Happy 4th

    1. Hi Alex,
      Yes, we had been living in Mexico all those years and Rick insisted he drive the wild Mexican streets. I believe we all have an inner strength and are capable of doing much more than we realize until we try.
      Thanks for visiting and creating IWSG. Cheers!

    1. Hi Juneta,
      I guess the warts are the unknown and challenging bits of life. I hope your challenges are smoothing out a bit. Thank you for visiting. As always it’s a pleasure.

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