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My dear readers who do not follow me on Facebook or Twitter may not know that I have started teaching at the North Seattle College Continuing Education department. The first class I am offering is a two-session class in Archetypes in Writing, though I hope to add a few others to my list such as Mythic Fiction and, perhaps, Playwriting. The wonderful Cole Hornaday interviewed me about the class, what will be covered, and archetypes. I have posted partial answers here, and if you wish to read further you can visit the NSC blog.   What is an archetype? Archetypes are patterns, but there is so much more to it, and to fully utilize archetypes we need to understand where they come from and why they are important. They come from what psychiatrist Carl Jung called the Collective Unconscious and are the building blocks of any story that is told—be it a creation myth, an epic fantasy novel, a Nobel-winning literary fiction, or a memoir. An archetype can be a type of character, such as a mentor, trickster, or hero, but it can also be an experience, such as coming of age or transformation through tragedy. Emotional states such as …

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I took part in an author chat using the new software Aeon Timeline for this year’s NaNoWriMo. The developer, Matt Tobin, was kind enough to release a demo to help prep this year’s NaNoNovels, and a few of us volunteered to talk to him about it, our projects, and our methodology. How many years have you participated in NaNoWriMo? This is my fourth year participating. I won my first two years when all I had to balance was a full-time job and a social life, but last year I lost miserably. I was not prepared for the work load that my first year of grad school entailed. What are you writing for NaNoWriMo this year? A contemporary fantasy heavily founded in mythology, which is what most of my projects tend to be these days. This year’s novel is about power, corruption, and the sacrifice kings. More specifically it’s about what happens when the gates to the Underworld are opened. How do you plan for an event like NaNoWriMo? My first NaNo I pantsed it. I did finish the novel, but I wedged myself into a corner so badly I still don’t know how to fix it. Now I have learned …

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