Archetypes: Altering the Blueprint

Corey Truax

We want our characters to reach off the page and grip our readers by the heart strings.  We want them to pluck those strings until the reader laughs, cries, or feels something profound.  It’s essential.  No matter how amazing your conflict, it is only as interesting as the characters who navigate it (my opinion).  We want heroes, villains, side kicks, and love interests.  But we want more than that.  We want conflicted characters.  Imperfect people who are struggling to overcome both internal and external problems.

archetypes.pngWhen we talk about heroes and villains what we are talking about are archetypes.  Many of you already know, but an archetype is just a fancy way of lumping our written characters into categories (i.e. hero, villain, love interest, mentor, side kick, care taker).  Here is a great article to get your gears moving if you are unfamiliar with the term.  The…

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Author: Grandtrines

Like so many people, I am a paradox. I am a politically conservative vegetarian. I am from a Christian background, and still tend to like those values, but am a metaphysical astrologer trained in science who has an interest in the magic of ancient Egypt and a weird belief that some piece of our essence can live on a server. I live in Texas, but like chatting with my international Wordpress pals the best. I learn by teaching. Technically, I am a "Leo," but I am very, very Aquarian with a dose of Scorpio. I bitterly complain about Algol (and Algol personaliites), yet it is the one star that defines me most (other than Regulus). (Which, oddly, makes me an Algol personality.) I am a reclusive lover of peace and quiet who has the Ascendant in the Via Combusta (the most conflict ridden part of the zodiac). I am an incredibly private person with a blog with over 800 followers and 50 to 150 regular daily visitors. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

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