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.
The Sidekick is a character who accompanies the hero or protagonist on their journey.
While I work on getting back into the Character Archetype Series (S to Z to go), I wanted to share a good blog series recently published as a writing resource.
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.
The Royals – Kings, Queens, Princesses, Monarchs etc, are often also the Rulers of our fictional worlds. But both archetypes also come in good or bad forms.
The Questioner is a generic title for several different character archetypes who take on the mantle of questioning – either as an investigation or to provide a moral reminder to other characters.
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).
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.
The Nerd as modern archetype, is one often confused with Geeks, Dorks and many others. So, I’ll deal with all of these.
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.