Character Archetypes: How to Use Them In Your Writing

Improve your character creation!

Plot twists and emotion can drive a novel, but without strong character arcs you’ll have a tough time getting a reader to stay along until “The End”—that’s why it’s important to understand character archetypes and use them to help build your novel.

Good character creation, where the characters seem unique but still realistic, is something many writers struggle with. Having an archetypes list of archetypal characters in front of you can really make a difference.

In this Writer’s Digest free download, Character Archetypes: How to Use Them In Your Writing, you’ll get an explanation of what a character archetype is, why understanding each archetype is important, examples of common archetypes and how to apply these different types of characters to your own heroes, villains and sidekicks to make your novel better. Learn how to create relatable, real characters with the tips in this free eBook!

Learn how to use character archetypes in your writing with this free download.

Ask yourself key questions such as these, to really understand character creation.

Character Archetype vs. Character Stereotype

Here’s an example of what you’ll get from the free download, which explains the difference between character archetypes and characters stereotypes.

    • Beware of books that present stereotypes as archetypes, which is exactly the opposite of what a writer should use to create exciting new characters. Stereotypes are oversimplified generalizations about people usually stemming from one person’s prejudice. Archetypes aren’t formed from one individual’s view of people but from the entire human race’s experience of people. Judgment and assumptions are absent.
    • Describing a character as a “typical librarian” asks you to join in the assumption that all librarians are quiet spinsters. This description limits the character’s growth and range of possibilities. What are the hidden fears and secrets of this character? What motivates her? An archetype will help you answer these questions.
    • Stereotypes may be used to describe an archetype but a stereotype is only a shallow imitation, a small piece of the bigger picture you can use to create your characters.

    By downloading this free giveaway, you’ll get definitions and examples of how to improve your characters by following some basic tips and expert advice. Pulling from the character archetypes list, this freebie gives concrete examples of what certain characters should do and what affects them most.


    Learn to create memorable characters with this free download on character arc types!

    NOTE: This free download comes from 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. The book is an excellent resource that contains a list of archetypes and types of characterization.

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