I promised myself this year, that I would get back to fiction writing and I will… write that is… once I stop having a field day planning characters personalities, strengths and weaknesses; and plotting about how I can weave all that into plots.
Delve into the inspiring world of character archetypes and see what comes out. There are a few hundred to choose from and you will be intrigued by how assigning roles to people (especially couples), fuels ideas!
If you are asking, what is an archetype, here is the definition: a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology; mid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek arkhetupon ‘something moulded first as a model.’
- The more I look through this site, the more I find. There are hundreds! http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Characters Click on the names of the types for more information, it’s not obvious they are hotlinks to more information.
- Romantic Women in Fiction Archetypes: http://www.likesbooks.com/78.html
- Common Jungian Archetypes: http://www.soulcraft.co/essays/the_12_common_archetypes.html
- Archetypes from the Heroes Journey (image is below): http://adulted.about.com/od/howtos/a/archetypes.htm