It’s very interesting to get together with a bunch of your girlfriends and even more interesting when those girlfriends are writers. And as a Goddess who loves to strip down archetypes, it was hard NOT to notice and strip down my three really good girlfriends who happen to be writers!(Me, Jane Porter, Heather Webber, and Cathy Liggett)
Last weekend the four of us writer gals had a writer’s retreat that actually turned into a girlfriend get-a-way. Trust me, we had the best of intentions of writing and getting a lot done–because we said we were going to.
Our retreat was planned to stay at my parent’s house, while my parents were away, and plug away on deadlines, brainstorm, and relax. Jane had a book signing at The Kentucky Book Fair, so we spent a good portion of our time hanging out in Frankfort with her and a bunch of her readers.
(Cathy, mom and Heather at dinner)
The more time I didn’t spend on my edits, the more I watched and listened to my friends. I did chuckle a few times, because I began to strip them down!
Cathy Liggett: Nurturer to the core!
Cathy is working really hard on a new book. She has been brainstorming, writing, ripping it up and starting over. She also was making sure her family was were they needed to be and had everything they needed to have while she was gone.
Not only did she keep her house straight two hours away, she also listened to me whine and continually stayed optimistic with encouraging words to help me keep going. While working on her novel, she showed some NURTURER flaws (not really flaws though), she never gave up on what she wanted to accomplish with her plot and she had to have it perfect before she sent it to her agent. Cathy is AMAZING!!
Heather Webber: Chief
So Heather might be petite in form, but she’s BIG in reality. Heather is a chief in all areas of her life. She was also keeping her family of five in line from two hours away as well as taking her job (author) to a whole new business level. I observed Heather working with Cathy by taking charge on brainstorming Cathy’s ideas and turning them into a workable plot that Cathy felt comfortable with. She continued to flesh out her new novel. I was amazed as she worked to get what she wanted, was in control of her business, and got some pages written.
Jane Porter: The Librarian
YES! Jane is LIBRARIAN to the core. She is strong and has become an expert in her women’s fiction field. I got the pleasure of watching her interact with several of her readers and how she used her brains to tell her story in a way they could relate to her. Of course outside of the readers, we writers discuss business and how we see our future in this crazy writing world and Jane has a clear, vivid career oriented goal.
Now it wouldn’t be fair to leave myself out…
Tonya Kappes: Free Spirit
I hate to admit it, but I think I’m the FREE SPIRIT! When I think about the characters I read about, I cringe when I realize I’m the loud, likes to laugh, don’t take things too serious, full of energy and I’m a very strong woman. But my downfall is not conforming to other’s ideas or suggestions. I realize I need to try new things or listen to some of my friend’s suggestions.
Herculean Task: What is your best friends archetype? For a list of characteristics click the Hero Archetype button on the top of the page. ONE LUCKY BLOGGER WILL RECEIVE AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF JANE PORTER’S SHE’S GONE COUNTRY!! (US residents only-sorry. Winner will be picked Sunday November 21st 8 AM)