The Writer's Journey

Mythic Structure for Writers

Author: Christopher Vogler

Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions

ISBN: 9780941188708

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 326

View: 3164

Shows how writers can use mythic structure to give coherence and weight to both narrative fiction and nonfiction

The Writer's Journey

Mythic Structure for Writers

Author: Christopher Vogler

Publisher: Michael Wiese

ISBN: 9781932907360

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 407

View: 4722

This third edition is an indispensable guide to the inner workings of stories, to the ancient and deep-seated patterns of emotion that speak to us through the symbolic language of myth.

The Writer's Journey

Mythic Structure for Storytellers and Screenwriters

Author: Christopher Vogler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780330375917

Category: Archetype (Psychology) in literature

Page: 326

View: 1128

The Writer's Journey is an insider's guide to how master storytellers from Hitchcock to Spielberg have used mythic structure to create powerful stories. This new edition includes analyses of latest releases such as The Full Monty.

Myth and the Movies

Discovering the Mythic Structure of 50 Unforgettable Films

Author: Stuart Voytilla

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780941188661

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 300

View: 9310

Designed as a companion to The Writer's Journey, Myth & the Movies analyzes 50 U.S. and foreign films in every cinematic genre.

The Hero's Journey

Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work

Author: Joseph Campbell

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577314042

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 249

View: 3711

Joseph Campbell, arguably the greatest mythologist of our time, was certainly one of our greatest storytellers. This new cloth edition of The Hero's Journey, published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Campbell's birth, recounts his own quest and conveys the excitement of his lifelong exploration of our mythic traditions, what he called "the one great story of mankind."

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Author: Joseph Campbell

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577315936

Category: Psychology

Page: 418

View: 4421

Discusses the universal legend of the hero in world mythology, focusing on the motif of the hero's journey through adventure and transformation.

The Key

How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth

Author: James N. Frey

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312300524

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 8617

Offers aspiring authors of novels and screenplays advice on using the classic themes of universal folklore and mythology to structure their works, and provides examples from well-known fiction and films. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Memo from the Story Department

Secrets of Structure and Character

Author: Christopher Vogler,David McKenna

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781932907971

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 255

View: 2843

Memo From the Story Department offers a battery of story-generating engines and story-improving tools, and reliable methods tested on hundreds of Hollywood productions. It goes far beyond the standard advice given in most screenwriting manuals. Drawn from sources as varied as vaudeville, classical Greek comedies, and Russian fairy tales, the book outlines a series of practical templates for creating believable characters and emotionally satisfying plots. • It will take writers to the next step, even beyond the breakthrough work of Vogler in The Writer's Journey. • Builds on the legend about Vogler's first book which began as a memo he wrote while working in the Story Department of Walt Disney Studios. That memo caused a revolution in studio thinking and now here's the next installment from the manwho literally wrote the book on mythic story structure. • The authors are working story developers, employed by major studios and top directors and hugely influential in their industry. Vogler has worked with Will Smith and Darren Aronofsky on recent projects and McKenna has influenced a generation of top film writers including Mark Fergus, co-writer of Iron Man. • Memo From the Story Department makes story and character development accessible with clear explanations that break down the processes into manageable steps, like McKenna's six-part regimen for analysing a character's environment, or Vogler's twelve stages of mythic structure and eight archetypes of character. • Draws inspiration from unexpected sources and provides fresh approaches for story development. It offers a lot of variety, inviting writers to look at their work through many useful lenses.

How to Write a Selling Screenplay

Author: Christopher Keane

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307567745

Category: Performing Arts

Page: N.A

View: 7044

Christopher Keane has spent 20 years in the business, learning the truths--and the tricks--of writing a selling screenplay. In How to Write a Selling Screenplay, he takes writers through the entire process, from developing a story to finding the best agent. Using an annotated version of an often-optioned screenplay of his own, and citing examples from movies ranging from Casablanca and Lethal Weapon to Sling Blade and The English Patient, he discusses how to create three-dimensional characters, find a compelling story, build an airtight plot structure, fine-tune dialogue, and much more. Keane's tips on the difference between writing for film and television, as well as his advice on dealing with Hollywood movers and shakers, make this an essential companion for people writing their first--or their fortieth--screenplay. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Virgin's Promise

Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual, and Sexual Awakening

Author: Kim Hudson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781932907728

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 9237

"The Virgins Promise demystifies the complexities of archetypes and clearly outlines the steps of a virgin s journey to realize her dream. Audiences need to see more than brave, self-sacrificing heroes. They need to see virgins who bring their talents and self-fulfilling joys to life. The Virgin s Promise describes this journey with beats that feel incredibly familiar but that have not been illustrated in any other screenwriting book. It explores the yin and yang of the virgin and hero journeys to take up their power as individuals, and includes a practical guide to putting this new theory into action. "--Back cover.


The Foundations of Screenwriting

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780307423269

Category: Reference

Page: 336

View: 5724

From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script.. Here are easily understood guidelines to make film-writing accessible to novices and to help practiced writers improve their scripts. Syd Field pinpoints the structural and stylistic elements essential to every good screenplay. He presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the script that will succeed. •Why are the first ten pages of your script crucially important? •How do you collaborate successfully with someone else? •How do you adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplay? •How do you market your script? From the Trade Paperback edition.

Scriptwriting for the Screen

Author: Charlie Moritz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317796780

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

View: 5353

'If I was setting out as a screenwriter, this is the book I would read first and keep by me'– Melanie Harris, Producer, Crosslab Productions 'An excellent resource for students and teachers alike'– In the Picture '...a valuable addition to every screenwriting bookshelf' – Screentalk 'This is one of the best guides to help screenwriters think visually that I have ever read' – Creative Screenwriting 'The inventive exercises in Scriptwriting for the Screen give it the potential for revitalizing the experience of even experienced scriptwriters' – ' Scope’ Online Journal of Film Studies Scriptwriting for the Screen is an accessible guide to writing for film and television. It details the first principles of screenwriting and advises on the best way to identify and formulate a story and develop ideas in order to build a vivid, animated and entertaining script. Scriptwriting for the Screen introduces the reader to essential skills needed to write effective drama. This edition has been updated to include new examples and an entirely new chapter on adaptation. There are examples of scripts from a wide range of films and television dramas such as Heroes, Brokeback Mountain, Coronation Street, The English Patient, Shooting The Past, Spaced, Our Friends In the North and American Beauty. Scriptwriting for the Screen includes: advice on how to visualise action and translate this into energetic writing how to dramatise writing, use metaphor and deepen meaning tips on how to determine the appropriate level of characterisation for different types of drama practical exercises and examples which help develop technique and style a section on how to trouble-shoot and sharpen dialogue a guide to further reading

Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters

Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

Author: Michael Tierno

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 1401305563

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 4217

An insightful how-to guide for writing screenplays that uses Aristotle's great work as a guide. Long considered the bible for storytellers, Aristotle's Poetics is a fixture of college courses on everything from fiction writing to dramatic theory. Now Michael Tierno shows how this great work can be an invaluable resource to screenwriters or anyone interested in studying plot structure. In carefully organized chapters, Tierno breaks down the fundamentals of screenwriting, highlighting particular aspects of Aristotle's work. Then, using examples from some of the best movies ever made, he demonstrates how to apply these ancient insights to modern-day screenwriting. This user-friendly guide covers a multitude of topics, from plotting and subplotting to dialogue and dramatic unity. Writing in a highly readable, informal tone, Tierno makes Aristotle's monumental work accessible to beginners and pros alike in areas such as screenwriting, film theory, fiction, and playwriting.

The Heroine's Journey

Author: Maureen Murdock

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828340

Category: Psychology

Page: 232

View: 5446

This book describes contemporary woman's search for wholeness in a society in which she has been defined according to masculine values. Drawing upon cultural myths and fairy tales, ancient symbols and goddesses, and the dreams of contemporary women, Murdock illustrates the need for—and the reality of—feminine values in Western culture today.

Shakespeare for Screenwriters

Timeless Writing Tips from the Master of Drama

Author: J. M. Evenson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615931415

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 138

View: 1860

Shakespeare for Screenwriters is the first book to use Shakespeare's works to examine the fundamentals of screenwriting. The book offers insight into what makes Shakespeare's creations so powerful by analyzing the timeless themes in his greatest works and translating them into practical writing advice. Geared to all levels of interest and experience in both Shakespeare and screenwriting, each chapter focuses on specific lessons learned through reading Shakespeare. William Shakespeare wrote the most powerful dramas in the English language. Shakespeare for Screenwriters tells you how. • Does for Shakespeare what The Writer's Journey did for Joseph Campbell. • Reveals storytelling secrets from the one of the greatest writers ever to have lived. • Combines respected wisdom from Shakespeare with practical writing advice. • Breaks down famous scenes to discover why they are so compelling. • Compares Shakespeare's most powerful scenes to modern-day films. • Provides exercises to help writers uncover timeless themes, stories, and ?characters in their own work. • Author is a screenwriter and Shakespeare scholar.

Perfecting Plot

Charting the Hero's Journey

Author: William Bernhardt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989378925

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 136

View: 5998

Even the most unique and interesting characters will not engage readers if their journey-the plot-fails. In this book, bestselling author William Bernhardt reveals the secrets that will keep readers riveted to the page. He explains the importance of matching character to plot and the key distinction between surprise and coincidence. Bernhardt discusses how to enrich your story by layering three levels of conflict and, in the final chapter, analyzes the primary plot structures that have delighted readers since the first story was told. The book also includes exercises designed to help writers apply these ideas to their own writing. William Bernhardt is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid novels. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. He is the only person to have received the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large." The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this book is for you.

The Art of Creative Writing

Author: Lajos Egri

Publisher: Citadel Press

ISBN: 9780806502007

Category: Reference

Page: 224

View: 5565

'Every type of creative writing depends upon the credibility of a character.' This fundamental observation serves as the basis of Lajos Egri's book. In it he offers a step by step guide for the development of fiction, plays, & TV & radio scripts. He shows how to probe the secrets of human motivation to define flesh-&-blood characters who create suspense & conflcit & who grow emotionally under stress & strain Engri is the author of THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING, YOUR KEY TO SUCCESSFUL WRITING, the first of which has been translated into 17 languages.

My Hero's Journey

A Journal

Author: Patti Roberts

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781974277520


Page: 70

View: 5963

"My Hero's Journey" is an easy to follow manual for fiction writers using the principals of "The Hero's Journey". It is ideal for organizing and categorizing everything from outlining, plotting your story, and saving character profiles. Included are pages for your own notes, ideas, diagrams, and pictures - allowing you to keep track of everything in one booklet. "My Hero's Journey" is the perfect companion for those who often find themselves writing away from home.

The Comic Hero's Journey

Serious Story Structure for Fabulously Funny Films

Author: Steve Kaplan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615932870


Page: 220

View: 7333

A comic hero or heroine also goes on a journey, but for the comic hero, it's often quite, quite different. The hero decides to go on the adventure; the comic hero often has no choice. The hero has a wise old man; the comic hero often meets an idiot who inadvertently says something that can teach him a thing or two. Steve Kaplan will show you the diverse paths that comedy takes in The Comic Hero's Journey.

Many Genres, One Craft

Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction

Author: Michael A. Arnzen,Heidi Ruby Miller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780938467083

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

View: 1085

In Many Genres, One Craft, award-winning author Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller gather the voices of today's top genre writers and writing instructors alongside their published students. It fosters the writing process in a way that focuses almost exclusively on writing the novel. Using a compilation of instructional articles penned by well-known authors affiliated with Seton Hill University's acclaimed MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction, the book emphasizes how to write genre novels and commercially appealing fiction. The articles are modeled after actual "learning modules" that have successfully taught students in the program how to reach a wider audience for over a decade.