Your Inner Cast Of Characters

CRITICAL PARENT—UNSUPPORTIVE, UNLOVING, JUDGMENTAL, RESTRICTIVE PARENT—DISTANT, COLD.

LITTLE PROFESSOR—CHILD WHO MAKES PARENTS PROUD BY BEING MATURE AND BRIGHT.

THE PERFECT CHILD—DOES EVERYTHING RIGHT GOOD LITTLE GIRL, GOOD LITTLE BOY, OBEDIENT, DUTIFUL.

THE FEMME FATALE—SEXPOT SIREN, FLIRT.

THE LADIES MAN—HUNK, MACHO, STUD, DON JUAN, BEAU BRUMMEL.

AMAZON WO/MAN—CAPABLE, INDEPENDENT, AGGRESSIVE, SELF-SUFFICIENT, INVINCIBLE.

WITCH/BITCH—AGGRESSIVE, COLD, BITCHY, MANIPULATIVE.

WALLFLOWER—SHY, QUIET, LOW SELF-ESTEEM, INSECURE.

DICTATOR—THE BOSS, ORDERS EVERYONE AROUND, NEVER IS PLEASED, DEMANDING, INSENSITIVE, RUTHLESS.

REBEL—NONCONFORMIST, STUBBORN, RULE-BREAKER, GOES AGAINST THE GRAIN.

BIG SHOT—WANTS THE BEST CAR, THE BEST TABLE IN A RESTAURANT, DEMANDING, BRAGGART, PICKS UP THE CHECK.

MADONNA—MOTHER FIGURE, CARETAKER, HOMEBODY, IDEALIZED WOMAN.

VICTIM—WAITS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF, WANTS TO BE RESCUED, RIGHTEOUS, SELF-PITYING, POOR ME, AIN'T IT AWFUL.

LITTLE PRINCE/SS—SPOILED, WANTS TO BE WAITED ON, DOTED UPON, EXPECTS OTHERS TO CATER TO HIM/HER.

CARETAKER—CHARITABLE, MRS. FIXIT, HELPS OTHERS ALL THE TIME, ATTENDS FUNERALS, VISITS HOSPITALS, TAKES CARE OF EVERYONE.

PEOPLE PLEASER—PLEASES PEOPLE ALL THE TIME, HAS NO NEEDS OF OWN, WANTS PEOPLE TO LIKE HER/HIM.

JOKER—PRANKSTER, PLAYS PRACTICAL JOKES, CUT-Ur; GETS IN TROUBLE, MISCHIEVOUS, ATTENTION SEEKERS.

VILLAIN—ANGRY, MANIPULATOR, REVENGER, AVENGER, KILLER.

HERO/HEROINE—OVERCOMES STRUGGLES, THE DRAGON- SLAYER, DOES HEROIC DEEDS, SAVES THE DAY.

PERFECTIONIST—COMPULSIVE-OBSESSIVE, UP-TIGHT, DRIVEN.

WARRIOR—SAVES THE DAY, FIGHTS OFF THE ENEMY, SUPER-HERO.

RESCUER—TRIES TO MAKE LOST SOULS FIND THE RIGHT PATH, LIKES TO PLAY FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, TAKES IN STRAY DOGS, CATS AND PEOPLE.

MARTYR—WHAT I COULD HAVE, SHOULD HAVE DONE, SELF-PITYING AND SELF-SACRIFICING AND LETS YOU KNOW IT.

CRITIC—BEATS YOU IJF? NEEDLES YOU, JUDGMENTAL, NEGATIVE PROGRAMMING—CRITICAL VOICES FROM THE PAST, OWN WORSE ENEMY.

VULNERABLE LITTLE CHILD—HELPLESS, CRYING, HYPER- SENSITIVE, DEPENDENT

SHADOW SELF—FILLED WITH LUST GREED, RAGE, THE DARK SIDE, JEALOUSY, REVENGEFUL SELF YOU DON'T WANT TO ADMIT, MURDEROUS FEELINGS, DARK THOUGHTS.

THE WISE HIGHER SELF—CREATIVE, IMAGINATIVE, SPIRITUAL, LOFTY, INTUITIVE, INSTINCTUAL.

Embrace all of these interesting archetypal characters residing inside. Try to model your fictional characters after these different archetypes and your characters will be universal. Remember, powerful character development needs to come from inside so that your audience connects to them.

By learning how to write from your cast of characters you'll unlock the door to create unique and original characters, who touch the hearts of your audience. Call upon your inner cast of characters for they make-up the most unique, original and exciting character of all—YOU!

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