Character Archetypes – T for The Traitor (and the Shapeshifter)

archetypes traitor

The Traitor is a villain-type to the main character, but often not realised as such until much later into the storyline. It’s this element of surprise which makes the traitor a very successful archetype.

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Ode to a Writing Companion

Rocky in June (1)

It is the Winter school holidays in these parts. My family spent a lovely and well-needed family holiday in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago. But I returned with some bad news and an extra bad cold, so it will take a little time to recover.

Update: The Character Archetypes series will have a little rest for a couple of weeks while I catch up and get back into the stream of writing.

But really, this is just a note and ode to my lost writing companion, Rocky.

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Character Archetypes– P for Prophet (Oracle & Wise Old Man)

archetypes prophet

The Prophet as character archetype has a substantial history as one of our expected religious or mythological personas, but also has close associations with our more modern archetypes of the visionary or catalyst (detailed in the C entry for this series).

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Character Archetypes – O for Ordinary Man or Orphan

archetypes ordinary guy

The Ordinary or Everyman (person) sometimes called the Orphan is one of Jung’s 12 basic archetypes, and although sounds, well, ordinary, the archetype holds many useful connotations and universal stories which appeal to many readers.

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Applying Psychology to Character Development [Resources]


Last month my family underwent a traumatic incident in real life which still sits with us to this day. For several weeks I found myself unable to lift a keyboard to continue on my writing tasks. In fact, I could barely operate at any kind of level. I was aware of this, annoyed by this, but also aware that trauma and grief on any level needs to be worked through and given time. Sometimes the world does have to stop.

Now that I’m back into a little writing, and have returned to work on characterisation efforts, I have some resources to share. Understanding a little applied psychology for any character development is always helpful, and thankfully we have some good resources out there.

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