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A Writer's Guide to Characterization: Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Lynn Schmidt

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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 work--stories 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.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 391 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 226 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1599635577
  • Verlag: Writer's Digest Books (30. Juli 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008RB88Y4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Erweiterte Schriftfunktion: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #264.627 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen I would give it SIX STARS if I could. 5. Juli 2013
Von Sabrina - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is simple, to the point and very well written. The author provides insight on relationships based on universal archetypes and the collective unconscious without the academic psycho-babble. It's Carl Jung's work made accessible to authors and anyone interested in psychology. There are chapters on human characters, male and female roles as well as animal archetypes. The various pairs/combinations of relationships are explored, each with a explanatory paragraph that offers one a quick 'ah ha' moment. As an arm-chair Jungian, I have always viewed this approach to be one of the best ways to help understand literature. Victoria Schmidt has done an excellent job. While her audience is writers, the book would be a great companion text for high school and college students looking to 'get what those teachers are talkin' 'bout.'
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book to Start Developing Your Characters! 19. Juni 2013
Von DL Kamstra - Veröffentlicht auf
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Schmidt has created a handy writing tool. While no character will fully fit into one of these archetypes, they create an excellent beginning framework- especially for taking a "hero archetype" and turning it into a villain. From these brief descriptions, you can start layering things on your characters to come out with one that is very well rounded.

Another bonus, is that she also includes the ways these archetypes would interact with one another. Unfortunately, it is only listed as male to male, female to female, and then romantically. Reading them you can pick out ways that siblings might interact as well as a parent to child, but it would be nice if there were more specifics about these interactions when it isn't romantic. And I guess even romantic interactions for homosexual characters could be useful as well for a more well-rounded book.

The character arcs are also interesting. They give another good framework for starting a plot line for your characters.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tried it on and took it home (in a minute, after I post this review) 3. Juni 2014
Von Ellell Bee - Veröffentlicht auf
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I love libraries as sources for good writing books; they are the dressing room of book sales.

This one fit me pretty well. I'd skipped this writer's books before because they were written for and marketed to romance writers, which is not my genre. This one, however, is usable by every writer.

She lists eight Jungian-style archetypes for both male and female characters - there are some parallels, of course, but she points out that often the same basic impulse is expressed very differently between the genders. She goes on to discuss how the archetype's essential motivation works between two female characters in every possible combination, two male characters, and a female-male pair.

Then, of course, there's the quiz you get to take on behalf of your character. Ten questions, eight possible answers to each. I was quite surprised by the results, and I thought I knew my characters well.

There are also some other ways of looking at archetypal behavior included, and they were insightful as well.

I found a LOT of juice in this book, in other words. I wish Amazon had kept its "Look Inside" feature such that one could browse a few paras before deciding to buy a book, but in this case, the library saved me the trouble. See if yours has it; you might be as charmed as I was.

Or you could just, you know, buy the book. Not a big investment, and if it works for you, it'll be a million-dollar payoff.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Excellent Companion to 45 Master Characters! 31. Mai 2014
Von MFormichelli - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is one of the better writer's guides I've read. Ms. Schmidt lays out some excellent archetypes, as she did in 45 Master Characters, and then goes a step further by providing a powerful tool for determining which of your characters fits what.

Not sure how your character should react in a scene?
A series of questions and the chart provided will guide you through it. Unlike 45 Master Characters, 'Characterization helps you set what percentages of which archetypes your characters are so you can have multifaceted, consistent characters.

This guide is a must for any writer in any genre!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Comprehensive Guidebook for All Writers! 15. August 2014
Von Tracy Shawn - Veröffentlicht auf
"A Writer's Guide to Characterization" is a wonderful handbook for authors of all genres. It teaches writers how to create more vivid characters, compelling character arcs, and all-around meaningful stories. I bought it because I needed to flesh out my protagonist in the second novel I'm working on, and I'm pleasantly surprised that it's not only helping me bring to life more engaging characters, but is also helping me feel more excited and motivated about the whole writing process as well. Thank you, Victoria Lynn Schmidt! Tracy Shawn, author of award-winning debut novel "The Grace of Crows"
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