Using Archetypes for Character Development In Fiction

Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

Character Archetypes

“USING ARCHETYPES FOR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN FICTION
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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