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.
- They give you insight on what the character is going to believe--what do they see as the most important thing in life?
- 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?
- 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?
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.