So, here’s a confession.
When I write characters, I usually assign them a zodiac sign. If it’s a character close to home, one whose motivations already make sense to me, I may not need the help, but for some, like Megan in By the Sea, I was stuck. I don’t really think like her character, or hold onto things like she does–but I was able to understand it when I placed a sign with her. I can look at how a Cancer might see a situation or why they’d hold onto things, whether because of the sentiment or the all too vivid memories. Bea from An Airship Named Desire could be nothing other than an Aries. In fact, I have signs listed for every character from Airship because I wanted to make them all as different as possible. I love astrology, but from an objective writer’s standpoint, it also gives great character archetypes. Built in flaws and strengths. Which makes it all the more fun to watch your characters subvert the archetypes, fall victim to their strengths and overcome their flaws.
Man, that was all the motivation I needed to keep writing. : )