- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Michael Wiese Production; Third Edition edition (1 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193290736X
- ISBN-13: 978-1932907360
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.2 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers Paperback – 1 Dec 2007
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"The Writer's Journey, 2nd edition" shook up Hollywood by becoming a best-seller among writers everywhere. Now - after nine years Vogler is back with a new edition that will reawaken established writers and inspire a new generation of screenwriters with fresh insights on creating great stories. 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. It applies the classic principles of Joseph Campbell's, "The Hero's Journey" to modern storytelling.In "The Writer's Journey, 3rd Edition" Christopher Vogler, one of Hollywood's most renowned story consultants and teachers, expands his vision to show how storytelling evolved from sacred rituals and how its inexhaustible powers can be adapted to the needs of modern storytellers. New chapters on conflict, polarization, and catharsis add dimensions to the core material of "The Writer's Journey" that is now the most widely used book in the movie, TV, publishing, and computer gaming industries.
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It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that you can also use the book as a guide through life. Not in the same way as a self-help book but you can see how the people that you encounter through life, the challenges etc, it's all there.
It makes me want to read Carl Jung's work and I will at some point.
Not a book that you can rush through, if you really want to absorb it and to understand it properly. Definitely a book that you will need to go back to, dipping in and out of. What he talks about, really connects with being a human being and finding yourself on your own journey.
If you're human and a writer of stories, you can't help but get a better understanding of yourself and how and why stories work.
I recommend this book to aspiring and professional novelists, either as an aid for structuring your next novel, or as inspiration for strengthening parts of your current work in progress. However, I don't think it's a good choice for novices who are just starting out with novel writing.
A similar book, but shorter, more to the point and easier to understand (including for beginner level writers) is The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth Both books are good, just different. You may want to download the free samples of both and see which of the suits you better.
As the title suggests, Vogler borrows a lot from ancient mythology and says every story is a hero's journey through 12 stages from the Ordinary World – through adventures and ordeals in the Special World – to return victorious with the Elixir. Each stage is developed in depth, introducing nine standard character Archetypes – Hero, Mentor, Shapeshifter, Trickster, etc.
I think this is a Must-read for any aspiring novel author, even more valuable than Robert McKee's Story.
It seems to be aimed more at screenwriters than prose writers but it is useful nonetheless. The references to popular films really help illustrate the points the book makes, whether by pointing out a character archetype or a typical plot device.
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