17.25: Archetypes, Ensembles, and Expectations
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida Cordova, Kaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler
We’ve talked about making every member of the ensemble meaningful. In this episode we’re discussing who, in archetype terms, everybody is. How can archetypes help us get started, how can they help us set reader expectations, and what are the archetype-related pitfalls we need to avoid? And finally, is ‘archetype’ even the correct term here?
Liner Notes: Here’s the “Black Superheroes with Electrical Powers” article.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.
Homework: Identify the archetypes of each character in your work-in-progress. Change that archetype or give them a sub-archetype, to try to branch out and create rounder, unexpected characters.
Thing of the week: Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo.
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