I do not have a common personality. In order to write and sell stories, I had to go find out how to make a character. I could not look inside myself. I do not make a good story character at all! I got really, REALLY tired of "what is your character's fear?" and "how is your character broken?" Even popular writers often write about people as if we are all the same inside. Yes, many of us are. No, some of us are not the same. There have been enough personality studies done now to figure out what percentages are of what traits and yes, a popular personality emerges. Everyone has their quirks, but there is a reason for popularity and sayings like "we are all the same inside." Here is the article to take it all apart.
America loves heroes. And the hero is a certain personality type. The hero is also a
spiritual path that contains Christianity. The hero is also an economic success. If you
are not heroic in the United States, you are in for trouble. This is sad, but every
country has its stereotypes and in the States and more and more in the world because of
the media, the hero is popular. The hero is even synonymous with the protagonist, so much
so that ghetto fiction like mystery and romance, traditionally not heroic stories
are being forced into that mold. Heroes are good guys. Heroes (see the above Jedi costume)
still wear white. Heroes still act white, no matter how dark(ish) they are. This is not
a bad thing, it is just such a prevalent stereotype that most people don't even see it and
consider everyone outside of this personality to be "broken" a "character actor" a "villain"
or "weird." And yes, most nerds are of this type and act this type in gaming, one of the
most popular nerd activities. Science Fiction and Fantasy requires this type to be the
hero, no matter how you fight it.
I am not this type. Before you think this is a whining rant, let me tell you that I got
back rejection letters (when they were still common) asking me to change the protagonists
in my books and stories to be more like me. This is the equivalent of saying,
make the protagonist blond. So, I took this seriously and said, "okay, I can't make my
characters like me, how to I make them acceptable? I went about to bleach my characters.
And failed. Miserably. I got stuck with wooden characters that were somehow false. My
darkness showed through the bleach and no one believed the clown face I put on my
protagonists. No Method for me! Rather than recognize this, I just thought I was a bad
writer. Now, I have accepted that my work will never be popular and that's okay. The
heroic personality dominates about sixty percent of the population, which leaves a huge
audience of other characters. And, I will show you that many of the media's most
popular characters are NOT heroic in their personalities.