Archetypes and Variation Fiction

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by Andrea Lundgren

In writing, there is generally a push to be original, as there is with most art. To do something new, exciting, and fresh. To break out of the old molds and create a masterpiece.

But I think most of us write a more “collective” version of fiction, where we share a theme, an archetype, a trope, or a plot device with another work. And this isn’t a bad thing. It can actually be a strength. When we admit to being similar to something else, we can actually use what has come before to sharpen our own work.

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