This is a miserable process.
The more I study character archetype, the more conflicted I am. (That’s good, conflict!) My goal? Fix the character archetypes to match the standards of whichever system you’re using (there seem to be several, Jungian included).
Doing that requires that I fix the story to meet the requirements of the character arc. The start point of the writing has been changed three times now. It may get changed again. From my previous post, I had the story start with the navy crew detecting four ships. It was a yawner. Well written, but boring from a plot perspective. [Modestly speaking.]
So I yanked that out. Started it with the Captain getting on the bridge, evaluating the threat, saying alert the marines.
This is still inadequate because it’s not meeting a scene/sequel format. I believe that the captain scene will also be dropped.
Alternate currently considered beginning: Marines get alert, get ready, load on shuttle, some equipment failures, shuttle launches when ship is in danger and the shuttles make their way back to the planet. The ship becomes a bookend ship (destroyed in first act). Obviously, this is moot, writing like this, since there’s no plot. I’ve abandoned the one I have, so I need to go back and re-do that part.
But first things first! Back to creating a plot. The one I have isn’t going to work, primarily due to the character arc. I. Am. Throwing. Clumps. of. Hair. On. The. Floor.
Argh! back to my outline. Define the character. Surround character with the stereotyped characters. Create goal. Create conflict. Redo characters. Adjust story to characters. Expand from general short outline to one page on each act, then create scene sequel pairings with specifics: goal, conflict, disaster, recovery, dilemma, (oxford comma ftw) and decision.
This is going to be bloody. Step back. I will do this. There will be a book series. I will prevail.