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Archetypes: Using Writing Tools to the Max

     I was putting together my lesson plans for my 4th Grade Creative Writing class and I saw "Archetypes" as the next subject to address. I was so excited! I hadn't used them until my current book, but now I can spend hours studying their fascination. 
     Archetypes are a single word that acts as a pattern or model that helps in character development.  They help in creating variety and creativity. Choosing the right ones take time, but trust me it's worth it. Here is why I like them. 

  1. They give you insight on what the character is going to believe--what do they see as the most important thing in life?
  2. They give you an idea of what the character might stand up for--what do they value--what matters most--what would they risk there life for?
  3. They give you a glimmer of what the character's attitude would be--how to they respond to different situations--what is their view of life--how do they let their emotions show through?
     For example, A character with the archetype VILLAIN would probably believe that they are invincible, stand up for what they want and makes them happy, and have a hostile attitude towards anyone who goes against them.

     Combining two or three adds layer as well. For my main character in my current book, I gave her the archetypes ANALYST, PERFECTIONIST, and ANTIHERO. These three words automaticly give you a feeling of this character. 

     Have you used Archetypes in your writing? How do you see their importance? 

     Check out this list of Archetypes to get your brain moving.


  1. Interesting. I'd like to see this concept fleshed out more. I have used archetypes before. :)

    Stori Tori's Blog

    1. Sometimes, archetypes is the key to a character, and other times, I have no problem creating a character. It all depends : )

  2. I've been wanting a list of archetypes, but your link is taking me to Any ideas of where I should look/go?

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the broken link. I had a glitch with blogger awhile ago and some things got messed up. I fixed it : )


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