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Using LinkedIn More Effectively

I think it’s time to improve my LinkedIn profile and expand my network. I’m going to start using the social network to promote myself professionally, as well as this blog and my writing. But I’m thinking about how to do that.

First of all, if you’re interested in connecting with me, you can find my profile here and add me as a connection.

Secondly, I need to flesh out my profile. That includes past jobs, responsibilities, write more about my education, and more. But another thing I’m thinking about doing is starting a group related to this blog. But what should I do with it? Should I make it about this blog? Or should it be about Authors Answer? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Who Am I?

This is in response to Solveig Werner’s interesting post. She described herself in the form of a poem, and it was a nice and simple way to state who she is. I’m not a poet by any means, so I’m not going to tackle this with poetry. That would just be awkward coming from me. I’ll do it in my own way.


 

I am…

a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew, an uncle, a friend, a man, a Canadian, an Albertan, an Edmontonian

I am…

a teacher, a mentor, a writer, a blogger, a YouTube content creator, a tourist, an explorer, a worldbuilder, an artist, a thinker, a planner

I have…

a daughter, a wife, a mother, a father, a sister, a niece, many friends, many cousins, many aunts, many uncles, many students

I study…

science, life, writing, languages, the land, the sea, the sky, the mountains, the planets, the stars, the universe

I was…

an elementary school student, a junior high school student, a high school student, a university student, a classmate, a data entry operator, a call centre team leader, a tour guide

I am…

a walker, a hiker, a birdwatcher, a photographer, a nature lover, a lifelong learner, a book lover

I was…

a golfer, a skier, a hockey player, an ice skater

I love…

good food, summer, animals, plants, a starry sky, thunderstorms, science fiction, fantasy, art

I hate…

tomatoes, injustice, bullies, the cold, false accusations, bad drivers, arrogance, know nothing know-it-alls, the smug

I had…

a dog, a Sega Master System, an Apple II/e, an Atari 2600, a ladybug record player, a Superman cape

I will be…

published, an author, a father again, a grandfather, a world traveler, bilingual, trilingual, multilingual

I could have been…

a palaeontologist, an astronomer, a scientist, an architect, an artist, an athlete

I have…

hopes, dreams, desires, goals, regrets, fears, worries

I am a human. I am only one, but I have the power to affect many, even if it’s in only a small way. I respect others by default, but I will not respect them if they disrespect me. I am sympathetic and empathetic.

Small gestures can make my day. A hug from my daughter, a thank you from a friend, a kind comment from a reader.

When it comes down to it, I only need a few things. My family, my friends, a home, my writing, and the world.

I am Jay Dee


 

Who are you? I can’t wait to see your responses. But please link back to Solveig’s original post if you write a response. Comments are always welcome.

Protagonist, This Is Your Life

Do you know your main character inside and out?  Can you tell your protagonist’s life story?  To understand your character and keep them in consistently in character, you should know all about them.

Start with some basics.  You should know what they look like.  What’s their hair colour?  Eye colour? Any identifying features?  Height? Body type? Facial hair? Age?

You should know their personality.  What would they do in certain situations? What do they like?  What are their hobbies?  Is there a word or phrase they like to use?  What’s their daily routine?  What do they like to eat?  What do they hate? What makes them sick?  What are they afraid of?  What are their dreams?

You need to know their friends and enemies.  You need to know their coworkers and family members.  You need to know their pets.

You need to know what their job is.  If they don’t work, are they studying?  What are they doing at the moment?

Then go back to the beginning.  Go through their life and figure out major life events, including birthplace, birthdate, what kind of home they grew up in, if they had good birthdays, where they went to school, who their friends were, who was influential in their youth, if they moved around from place to place, if they got in trouble, if they were good in school, if they had any part-time jobs, if they fell in love, if and when they lost their virginity, old injuries, traumatic events, where they went to university, if they traveled, if they got married, if they had children, their work history, and so on.

That’s a lot to think about.  Now that you’ve done your protagonist, do the same for your antagonist and supporting characters.  That’s a lot, isn’t it?

Keep all of this in a well-organised notebook that you can refer to quickly when you need to.  This will keep your characters consistent and realistic.

I really need to do this myself.  Any other bits of information you suggest?