Character Archetypes: The Guardian

I’ve been kind of quiet around here lately. I’ve been busy with work and not gotten any writing time. I have the post over at Story Empire today, so I’m sharing it here. It’s number seven in my ongoing series about character archetypes.

Story Empire

Hi gang, Craig with you today. This is post number seven in the character archetypes series. In the Hero’s Journey, there are some common characters that are likely to show up in all stories. This doesn’t mean each archetype shows up in every story, and aside from the hero, the rest are kind of optional. Almost every story will have an assortment of them.

This series is to introduce you to them. Once you’re aware of them, you can decide if they can benefit the story you’re writing.

The Guardian has a few different names, the Threshold Guardian, the Gatekeeper, even The Wall. They all mean the same thing. This is another one that can be a character, but can also be a situation or a physical obstacle. Your hero cannot complete the task without conquering the Guardian.

It might be as simple as figuring out the bad boy who…

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  2. I enjoyed this segment of your series, Craig!

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  3. This is my favorite archetype post in the entire (wonderful) series! I’ve shared on The Write Stuff this morning! Super job on this one, Craig! 🙂

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  4. I’m off to check it out. Happy writing❣️

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  5. That was quite informative. Congratulations on your excellent teaching skills!

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