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Among his many theories, Carl Jung includes “archetypes”. An archetype may be defined as “a universally understood symbol or term or pattern of behaviour”.  If you read Robert McKee’s Story, you will find that the key to writing a great novel lies in “building archetypal elements into the story.” So what exactly are these “archetypal elements”? And how exactly can they help creative writers?

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Comments on: "How Can Carl Jung’s Theory of Archetypes Help You in Your Creative Writing?" (4)

  1. […] is because he presents one of those archetypal relationships (see my post on Archetypes:http://scskillmanblogspot.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/how-can-carl-jungs-theory-of-archetypes-help-you-…; above all we love his relationship with Dr John Watson. And a key relationship which the […]

  2. Well said! Jung influences my writing. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons I majored in Psychology was to help in creating more convincing characters.

  3. I too love this archetype. I’ll be blogging about Sherlock Holmes fairly soon. In all these stories, I think it is this key relationship that gives the story its power.

  4. Fascinating. I’m a big fan of type 1 and had never really noticed until I read this. Samantha

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