Friday, August 15, 2014

Remembering Character Archetype

What motivates you to change? Its not the same thing that motivates the main character in the story you are writing (or even telling); because, each dynamic character has his/her/(insert sci-fi/alien words, here) own motivations, internal struggles, external struggles (duck!), and hopefully, a very different catalyst encouraging - or insisting - a change. Some might wonder if books for kids require such protocol that adult fiction readers demand. The answer is, even more so. With the goddess of Hogwart's, Tolkien, E.B. White - and more - being the choices offered for kids to read, early chapter books on through YA had better be bringing a whole cast of characters into a believable, intriguing world or have a great grasp on this one and how kids attach to a main character (sympathy, understanding, likability ...). For this reason, the character archetype is a great bit of protocol to have a good handle on, or at least be able to reasonably decipher within your own writing and story. It also makes great fiction. So, here, I've remembered a trick a great author handed me from her very own bag - the Character Arc Worksheet. I don't have it any longer, but I did make a short video with tips on making your own.

Create a Character Arc Worksheet of Your Own

Here, I've sketched up a sample for you: Character Arc Worksheet - a starting place for you to tweak..

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And here, two authors discuss the concept of character archetype with easy-to-apply rules and tips.

Storymind: This is great for beginners and those who'd like a quick refresher because of annectdotal connections she makes with the viewer.

Writers Into Authors: Most Important Moment in your Character Arc.

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