Develop compelling character arcs using the power of myth!
In the best novels, characters undergo dramatic changes that keep readers turning pages. A Writer's Guide to Characterization shows you how to develop such meaningful character arcs in your own workstories of transformation that will resonate with readers long after the story ends.
In this comprehensive guide, author Victoria Lynn Schmidt examines cross-cultural archetypes to illustrate how they can make your work more powerful and compelling. Plus, you'll learn how to draw from Jungian psychology to add complexity and believability to your characters.
Schmidt also provides:
- 40 lessons on character development (with examples from well-known films and novels) that you can apply to your own work
- Questionnaires and exercises to help you select male and female archetypes and adapt them to your story
- 15 classic animal archetypes (including the coyote, snake, tiger, and butterfly) you can use to build convincing character profiles
With A Writer's Guide to Characterization , you'll have the information you need to infuse the development of your characters with drama and authenticity.
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About the Author
Victoria Lynn Schmidt is recognized internationally as a journey & archetype guru for the creative writer. She is the author of Advanced Writing Techniques , Book in a Month , Story Structure Architect , and 45 Master Characters.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Archetypes & How they Interact
Chapter 1 Female Heroes and Villains 7
Chapter 2 Female Interactions 19
Chapter 3 Male Heroes & Villains 35
Chapter 4 Male Interactions 46
Chapter 5 Romantic Relationships 59
Part 2 Animal Archetypes
Chapter 6 Animals as Archetypes 123
Chapter 7 The Bear: Patience & Connection 128
Chapter 8 The Buffalo: Gratitude & Trust 136
Chapter 9 The Cougar: Assertiveness & Mastery 142
Chapter 10 The Coyote: Curiosity & Resourcefulness 148
Chapter 11 The Deer: Innocence & Awareness 154
Chapter 12 The Dolphin: Transcendence, Harmony & Purpose 161
Chapter 13 The Fox: Cleverness & Resourcefulness 167
Chapter 14 The Horse: Freedom & Victory 172
Chapter 15 The Whale: Normalcy & Self-Acceptance 177
Chapter 16 The Wolf: Individuality & The Group Dynamic 183
Chapter 17 The Eagle: Deep Relationships & Patriotism 188
Chapter 18 The Hummingbird: Finding Inner Peace 194
Chapter 19 The Tiger: Mysticism & Kingship 199
Chapter 20 The Snake: Transformation, Death & Rebirth 204
Chapter 21 The Butterfly: Joyful Transformation 209
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