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Character Archetypes

Character Archetypes

Character Archetypes: who are they really?

Archetypes… “Archétype” in French, “النموذج الأصلي” in Arabic, “arquetipo” in Spanish…

What is an archetype? That’s a question we must get into before we actually start talking about different character archetypes used in storytelling. And don’t worry, I didn’t know what it meant either.

What is an archetype?

For now, think of the archetype as a model. Think of the archetypes as the earliest, ancient models of human behavior and personalities.

Now we have this guy, Carl Jung. Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He founded the concept of the...

Grey Characters: Secondary Characters

Grey Characters: Secondary Characters

In some ways it’s easier to write a book with a smaller cast. Limiting your writing to the perspectives of just a few characters bears many challenges of its own, such as making sure you don’t step outside the bounds of any viewpoints or share information the characters wouldn’t know yet. Depending on your story,...

Writing Characters with Mental Illnesses

Writing Characters with Mental Illnesses

This article is probably the most important one I have written for Ghost Authors yet. Mental illness affects so many of us, myself included. Reading a character with mental illness can make someone feel recognized and less alone. However, when it is written badly, you can do more harm than good. So this article will...
Background Characters

Background Characters

The world is full of people: us, our family, our friends, our coworkers, all of their friends, family, and coworkers, and so on. There are people we interact with only a few times in short bursts: customers, grocery store checkers, bank tellers, delivery people, and more. There are even many more people that we never...

How to Kill Your Characters

How to Kill Your Characters

Death and a Funeral

Regardless of the story, play, or movie a writer tends to come to many different crossroads in his/her work. One crossroad, in particular, and likely the hardest to navigate, often leads to a singular question: Who do I kill?

You may ask, “What do you mean?”, but think about it. The question is...

Sidekicks: The Archetypes

Sidekicks: The Archetypes

From Sancho Panza (Don Quixote) to Doctor Watson (Sherlock Holmes), and from Man Friday (Robinson Crusoe) to Ford Prefect (Arthur Dent), many of the great heroes of literature are accompanied by equally fascinating sidekicks. The term ‘sidekick’ was originally a slang term used by pickpockets. A ‘kick’ is the front pocket of a pair of...

How NOT to Lose Your Sanity

How NOT to Lose Your Sanity

McKenzie Staley

Balancing ​Character Arcs & Plotlines

I think the most stressful thing I’ve ever gone through with my writing is balancing character arcs and the plot. I still struggle with this today, as are a lot of people. But I do have some tips as to how I get through this stage of writing that...

Naming Your Characters

Naming Your Characters

Character names, where do they come from?

Character names are a funny thing for me. As a fantasy writer, I make them up as I go, but I do try to focus on culture. At least as a world builder, I try to envision what this culture is. Sometimes I wing it, but those names usually...

Profile: Like A Boss

Profile: Like A Boss

When adding a character to your story, filling out a basic profile will help you along in the creation of your character. But we’re not here to talk about “BASIC” profiling but “BOSS” profiling. This month is centered around helping you turn you basic profiling skills into one of a bada** FBI profiler. Ready...

Let’s Get Talking: Dialouge​

Let’s Get Talking: Dialouge​

Dialogue can be intimidating if you’re not sure where to start. Afraid your characters all sound the same? Think your dialogue sounds awkward and unnatural? Not even sure where to get started? Never fear! The following tips will help you step into and spice up your dialogue, pushing it beyond just “he said/she said.” Let’s...

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