Category Archives: Archetypes

Archetypes: Characters, Narratives and Mind

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New Book on Archetypes and the Mind

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Identifying Your Antagonist

Write Your Novel Step by Step Go to Table of Contents Step 48 Identifying Your Antagonist While the protagonist attempts to accomplish the goal, the antagonist seeks to thwart that effort, either preventing the achievement or by achieving it himself. … Continue reading

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Dramatica Trivia 3: The Contagonist Archetype

“Contagonist” is a name invented by Dramatica co-creator, Chris Huntley, to describe an archetype we hadn’t seen identified in our writing classes at USC.  Learn how the notion and the name came about: When creating the Dramatica theory of story, … Continue reading

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The Reason and Emotion Archetypes

The Reason Archetypal Character is calm, collected, and cool, perhaps even cold. It makes decisions and takes action wholly on the basis of logic. (Remember, we say wholly because we are describing an Archetypal Character. As we shall see later, … Continue reading

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Sidekick & Skeptic Archetypes

The Sidekick and the Skeptic represent the conflict between confidence and doubt in the Story Mind. The Sidekick is the faithful supporter. Usually, a Sidekick is attached to the Protagonist. Sometimes, however, they may be supporters of the Antagonist such … Continue reading

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The 8 Archetypal Characters

There are 8 essential archetypal characters, each of which represents a different aspect of our own minds. The Protagonist portrays our initiative, Antagonist our reticence to change.  Reason is our intellect, Emotion our passion.  Skeptic is our self-doubt, Sidekick our … Continue reading

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Archetypes and the Crucial Element

A writer recently asked: Is it necessary to have the main character as one of the archetypes?   No. The Main Character point of view must be attached to one of the character elements, not necessarily to an archetype. A … Continue reading

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Four Archetypes

Excerpt from an upcoming book on story structure: So far I have spoken of characters as representing or embodying fragments of the overall Story Mind, but that is misleading; characters are much more orderly than that. The term “fragments” provides … Continue reading

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Choosing Your Protagonist & Antagonist

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