Using Archetypes for Character Development In Fiction

Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

Character Archetypes

When writing fiction, the characters are crucial to the story. Without characters, there would be no plot, no conflict, and no story. A character without a defined personality (including strengths and weaknesses) can affect the entire story.

Character archetypes can help develop strong characters by:

  • identifying potential internal conflicts
  • identifying potential external conflicts
  • identifying strengths
  • identifying weakness
  • identifying possible motivators
  • determining how a character might achieve a goal
  • giving insight into how the antagonist might attempt to exploit the protagonist (or prevent the protagonist from achieving a goal)…”

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