I’m looking at my YA (young adult) characters grown up.
I know, creating a new, older Vree with a different story to tell will void much of the old blogs about her. But that’s okay. This project is all about change, after all.
The biggest changes will be to her relationships, education, and residence. Also, I need to determine what and where her employment is. It’s important I know her as best I can since she is the anchor character of my novel. And because there will be a past and present version of her, I need to know what she was like in the past, as well as what she is like in the present.
Her childhood personality will be easy to create since I have a lot of material to work with. She has always had an INFP personality.
INFP is an acronym that describes one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving.
If you look at this as a 4-stage growth process, then Introverted is stage one. This is Vree’s dominant personality, which developed after her birth and remained her primary personality until she was 12. During this stage, spending time alone energized her. She
- avoided being center of attention,
- was more private; preferred to share personal information with select few,
- listened more than talked,
- kept enthusiasm to herself,
- responded slowly; thought things through inside her head, then acted.
iNtuitive is stage two and is Vree’s secondary personality. It came into play at around age 12 and pulled ahead until she was 25. During this stage, she focused on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details. She
- valued imagination and innovation,
- became general and figurative; used metaphors and analogies,
- presented information in leaping, roundabout manner.
Stage three, Feeling, is where Adult Vree will be in parts of my story. This stage of her personality began when she was 25; it will remain the better part of her until she is 50. During this time, she makes decisions based on feelings and values. She
- values empathy and harmony,
- considers the effect of her actions on others,
- likes to please others; shows appreciation easily,
- may be seen as overemotional, illogical, and weak,
- considers it important to be tactful as well as truthful,
- strongly desires to be appreciated.
After Vree reaches 50, stage four, Perceiving, will kick in. Then she will prefer to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized. She will
- have an “enjoy now, finish job later” play ethic,
- change her life goals as new information becomes available,
- like adapting to new situations,
- derive satisfaction from doing new things.
Verawenda Renee Erikson
- 15; Straight, shoulder length blonde hair parted in middle;
- Light blue eyes;
- Light, fair, peach skin; Rarely wears makeup;
- 5’ 9”/Lean; has strong legs—prefers jogging to clear mind;
- Prefers wearing casual clothes—favorite color is blue;
- Introverted; Artistic—loves to create; Talented artist/painter;
- Prefers being alone with her thoughts—finds bliss in solitude;
- Born in Ravenwood, 7/28 to Michael and Karri Erikson;
- Only child; Lives at 34115 Ridge Road in green and brown ranch home;
- Attends Ravenwood High School—10th grade;
- Father is lawyer; Mother is vice principal at Ravenwood High School;
- First name is from maternal great-grandmother, Emma Verawenda (Ackerman) Myers;
- Middle name is from maternal grandmother, Margaret Renee (Myers) Unger;
- Nickname comes from initials VRE
Describe Teen Vree in one word: Thinker.
Perhaps no other personality type struggles as much to find a satisfying career as the INFP.
Although intelligent and creative, Vree will loathe to “sell her soul” for a paycheck. Similarly, she may hate the rigid schedules, inflexible expectations, repetitiveness, and workplace politics that accompany the typical 9-to-5 job. For this reason, she may drift from career to career, eventually succumbing to social and financial pressures and ending up in a job that is not right for her in the first place.
However, her INFP personality can bring a lot to the table—and there are many satisfying INFP careers. She may find rewarding work as a professor, author, designer, freelancer, independent business owner, social worker, counselor, psychologist, artist, veterinarian, or physical therapist. Really, any career can have meaning for Vree if it allows her to creatively solve problems, help others, and have a degree of independence.
So far, this is what I know about her:
- 27; Shoulder length hair—wears ponytails at home;
- Married childhood friend Owen Burkhart at 23;
- Lives at 3175 Lakeview Drive, Alice Lake in Ravenwood;
- Wears dressy and stylish pant suits at work—jeans, sweats, flannels at home;
- More sociable, energetic, talkative; Kind, sympathetic, happy to help;
- Still paints;
- Still lean; jogs, yoga in spare time; Caver in summer—several caves around Alice Lake;
- Father is still lawyer; Mother is now principal at Ravenwood High;
- Wants a child before she’s 30
Describe Grownup Vree in one word: Proficient.
Finding the ideal career
In my next post, I will determine the best career choice for Vree by referencing vocational guidance websites and books.