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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...

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...

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...

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...

Your Guide to Character Storyboarding

Your Guide to Character Storyboarding

I need you to do me a favor.

I need you to close your eyes and picture your life as a whole, from birth to present. Don’t zero in on specific memories, but more connect them as you would connect different pieces of fabric on a quilt. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what you...

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