A Simple Seven Archetypes Checklist to Get You Thinking


I recently wrote about the Seven Character Archetypes, and have put this little checklist together to help you to see how these might fit (or not) into anything you’re currently working on. There aren’t any real ‘right or wrong’ answers to these questions, they are there to get you thinking about story structure and character development.

Just to remind you, the Seven Archetypes are:

The Antagonist

The Shadow Protagonist

The Submerged Companion

The Protagonist

The Emerging Warrior

The Comic Companion

The Wise Old Figure

(See the image with this article for examples.)

1. Does any character in any work of your fiction resemble any of these archetypes?

2. Does your story move from Dark to Light? Or from Light to Dark?

3. Who is the main point of view pulling the reader along a track leading either way?

4. Does this ‘point of view’ character — or any other character in your fiction — experience a ‘change of roles’ between these archetypes at some point? (i.e. do they move from being a Protagonist to an Emerging Warrior? Or from a Submerged Companion to a Protagonist? and so on.)

5. Have you ever read a story in which the progression from Light to Dark (or vice versa) was too obvious and predictable?

6. Have you ever read a story in which the progression from Light to Dark (or vice versa) was not at all obvious and predictable and kept you guessing right till the end?

7. What happens in the exact middle of a story of yours?

8. Is there a story of yours in which a character has more to lose than the protagonist?

9. Is there a story of yours in which a character knows more about what is going on than the protagonist?

10. Do the Submerged Companion and the Emerging Warrior ever get together in a story you’ve written?

Let me know if anything interesting comes up.

Join the Inner Circle Writers' Group on Facebook

The Inner Circle Writers' Group is all about fiction: what it is all about, how it works, helping you to write and publish it. You can keep up to date with live contributions from members, upload your own fiction, enter competitions and so on:
Tag Cloud

Current Submission Opportunities

Poetica # 2: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Poetry Anthology 2020 is currently open for submissions. Submission guidelines can be found here. 

'The Beacon', a proposed new free e-magazine, is currently open for submissions. Read more about that here.

The Inner Circle Writers' Magazine is currently looking for submissions: short fiction, articles, artwork, news...

Download a pdf guide here:

 

Donate £10.00 today to support Clarendon House as an independent publisher!

Author, Poet, Artist, Mentor, Editor, Educator, Humorist, Entrepreneur

 

Hello, my name is Grant Hudson and what you will see on these pages is a reflection of who I am, my interests, and what I can do for you. 

 

I am a published author and poet, have over 5,000 items of merchandise available featuring my artwork, have edited and published many books, taught many people, made many more laugh (education and laughter go well together) and have delved into business on many levels.

 

Some of you will see yourselves or part of yourselves here.

Join the Inner Circle Writers'Group on Facebook
We use PayPal

© 2018 by Grant P. Hudson. Clarendon House Publications, 76 Coal Pit Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom S36 1AW Email: grant@clarendonhousebooks.com

Website by Wix.com