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5.0 out of 5 stars If you read one book on writing, make it this one, 25 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them (Paperback)
There are some excellent books on writing: Save the Cat!: The Only Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need, Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (Methuen Film), On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, and many more. I've read most. As a writer I am always searching for how story works, how to make it work better.

John Yorke's book is a must. This is no screenwriting guru who hasn't actually got a screenwriting credit to their name; this is someone who has been at the coalface of story for decades.

He goes back to basics - the five-act form used by the Greeks, by Shakespeare - to provide a structure for story, and a structure for his own book. As Yorke shows, you can fit pretty much any paradigm into any other paradigm, and he slots Campbell/Vogler's hero's journey into the five-act structure. It works wonderfully.

Although the book is great, there is, in the Appendix a "Lightning Guide to Screenwriting Gurus", which is a table that places all the "teachers" (Blake Snyder, Joseph Campbell, Syd Field, John Truby, Frank Daniel et al) on a five-act template.

A beginning writer would benefit, certainly, from reading this, but it may be of more value to someone who has done at least some writing and understands, for sure, that structure exists.
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