While in Dallas, Sue and I took a workshop on the 8 Archetypes of Heroes by Tami Cowden.

It was terrific stuff. So when I got back, I ordered – along with Harry Potter – Tami’s The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes.

It arrived today and I’ve been immersing myself in the section about the Heroine archetypes. Heeheehee! It’s wonderful. She discusses the eight master types – the boss, the seductress, the spunky kid, the free spirit, the librarian, the waif, the crusader, and the nurturer. And then she goes in depth about their qualities, their virtues, their flaws, their background, their styles, their occupations, etc. etc. So you can create an indepth 3D character that your readers can really get into. (Sue – this fits in SO well with Jane Porter’s wonderful workshop, if only she had a book out too.)

She also warns – which I was very pleased to see – that it’s not a cookie cutter method. That Elizabeth I and Murphy Brown would have both been ‘The Boss’ but their characters wouldn’t be interchangeable. That both Mary Richards, of the Mary Tyler Moore show, and her best friend Rhoda Morgenstern, were ‘Spunky Kids’ but while Mary is sweet and perky, Rhoda is a bit more edgier, cynical.

It may be the thing to drag me out of this funk I’ve been in … that and an impromptu brainstorming session that Red nudged me into this afternoon. Thanks Red! And now all sorts of ideas regarding a sequel to Delving Deep are running through my head … let’s see, Rayne’s a Lost Soul who evolves into a Warrior, and the heroine will be … Hehehehehe… I love this!

Talk about Good Timing…
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  • August 1, 2007 at 3:43 am

    Oh I love this book!! I loaned it to a friend and it’s never come back, so I’m going to have to order it again. 🙁 But it’s a keeper for sure. I know you’ll find it really helpful.

  • August 1, 2007 at 9:44 am

    I really MUST read this book, thanks for the tip, Leah! And if you can, maybe stop and say hi today at the Raven blog? http://ravenhappyhour.com/ravenblog/

    =) See you soon sweetie!

  • August 6, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    *smacks forehead* I meant to order that as well and I’m glad you reminded me. …and Red’s book as well.

    Sue L

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