Halloween is a fun time where we can wear whatever we want and party. I’m sharpening my characters in this layer of revision of my work in progress. I want to make sure the character arcs pan out and that my character’s roles with each other are well defined. In the course of that process, I revisited Carl Jung’s archetypes. With them fresh in my mind, I went off to a Halloween party and had to laugh at how the costumes and personalities frequently matched the archetypes.
Hero: Wants to change the world. He fears internal weakness.
Jester: Seeks fun and yet fears boredom.
Creator: Wants to realize her vision. She hates mediocrity.
Care Giver: Loves to help others and deplores selfishness (so she shares her jello-shot).
Sage: Seeks knowledge and is afraid of deception
Magician: Wishes to alter reality which can sometimes lead to inadvertent results.
Innocent: Wants happiness and doesn’t want retribution. It is said that if you want a great costume, go for the reverse of your personality.
Explorer: Wants freedom and fears entrapment
Revolutionary: Is the rebel who fears having no power.
Ruler: Generally wants prosperity and fears being overthrown (by the UPS man).
Lover: Wants connection and detests isolation. A friend, who really is a connector and therefore great at sales, dressed as the UPS man.
Every-man: Wants to belong and not be excluded from the group, yet not stand out. Wearing a hat with skeleton face on it took care of that.
The next day, in thinking about my characters, I wondered what they would have worn to the party. The fun visuals helped me to better identify them and the behaviors I want to portray. This Halloween season, ask yourself what costume would your characters wear?