Using the Enneagram To Plan Narrative

Mae Pedersen: Main character… POV is through her eyes. Begins meeting a mysterious man in a lighthouse off the coast of Norway

Mae’s Personality Type: Enneagram 4 (The Romantic) 

Biggest Fears: Being cut off, abandoned 

Desires: To be her authentic self 

Weakness: Can become depressed and moody, very sensitive 

At Her Best: Authentic, Compassionate, Authentic, Notices small details 

Coffee Preferences: Single Origin, Pretentious about how she takes her coffee — NO WAY she would be seen at Dunkin 

Enjoys: Writing as a profession// knits and does photography for leisure 

Clothes: Skinny jean’s before they were cool, Leather jacket, Converse, Knitted hat

PLANS FOR FUTURE WRITING

  • Mae finding the man
    • Lighthouse
  • What happens next? 
  • Travels to Paris 
  • What happens in Paris…  
  • Left at the train station 
  • Travels back home 
  • Falls in love with another 
  • Flash to the man’s POV
  • Stories weave together 
  • Loss 

Timeline

University of Bergen 

  • August (Weekend Trip to Kragerø ) 
    • Meets him 
    • Paris 
    • Left at station 

Graduates University of Bergen

  • Travels back to the lighthouse
    • Sees families etc. spends the day deciding what to do 

Moves to London 

-Writes for London Times 

The Incident 

-Hospitalizes Mae and weakens her for a few years- Spends her time writing at a large estate in Somerset. It’s when she decides to write her story about “him” 

 Lighthouse in Kragerø

strømtangen fyr | Stromtangen Lighthouse outside of kragero | Thomas  Halvorsen | Flickr

Abigail teaches 5th grade science and math to her fabulous kiddos in Cincinnati. She earned her BA at Judson University in Chicago-land and is working on her Masters in Teaching at Miami University through the Ohio Writing Project. She has a passion for integrating writing and reading into all contents. She loves coffee about as much as her husband and baby son… and is a self-proclaimed lifetime learner. Catch up with daily happenings and ramblings on Twitter @mrsablund via email Abigaillund@foresthills.edu or check out other writings by Abigail https://movingwriters.org/category/abigail-lund/

Published by Abigail Lund

Abigail teaches 5th grade science and math to her fabulous kiddos in Cincinnati. She earned her BA at Judson University in Chicago-land and is working on her Masters in Teaching at Miami University through the Ohio Writing Project. She has a passion for integrating writing and reading into all contents. She loves coffee about as much as her husband and baby son… and is a self-proclaimed lifetime learner. Catch up with daily happenings and ramblings on Twitter @mrsablund or via email Abigaillund@foresthills.edu.

7 thoughts on “Using the Enneagram To Plan Narrative

  1. This is a clever idea! I have heard about enneagrams for years; fun way to think through writing fiction.

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  2. I will have to check this out. As we were driving yesterday and then again today, after visiting our son, we passed through a town that I would like to use as a character’s name! My husband and I discussed it for a few minutes on the trip. The name, of Italian ethnicity, would give rise to some of his personality traits and professional habits. Thanks for allowing us to think through your story with you!

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  3. Talk about personalizing a character! I really need to read up on Enneagrams; they keep popping up in my circles. I feel like I know Mae now. Interesting writing prep post!

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