Character Archetypes: How to Use Them In Your Writing
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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