10 Hero-Character Archetypes

Archetypes are recurring patterns (plot structures, symbols, character types, themes) that occur in mythology, religion, and stories across cultures and time periods. They embody universal meanings and basic human experiences and can evoke unconscious responses in a reader. For writers, archetypes are tools to employ that can deepen a reader's understanding and emotional connection to a character … Continue reading 10 Hero-Character Archetypes

Three-Dimensional Character Building

So. I teach my students there are four primary elements of storytelling: Character, Conflict, Plot, and Point of View. And I argue that perhaps the single most important element of storytelling is Character, because each of the other elements emerges from what an author does with Character. Lajos Egri, a Hungarian playwright and creative writing … Continue reading Three-Dimensional Character Building

Becoming a Storyteller: To YA or Not to YA, that might very well be the Question. Part 2.

Along my journey to become a storyteller, I've come across many different people, techniques and ideas that have helped me. One of the more recent encounters occurred when I visited the Sunshine Tour's author event at Books & Books in Coral Gables. The Sunshine Tour features more than 11 Young Adult authors for Q&As and … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: To YA or Not to YA, that might very well be the Question. Part 2.