- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (29 July 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932907033
- ISBN-13: 978-1932907032
- Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.4 x 23.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,475,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation Paperback – 29 Jul 2005
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Create unique, believable characters using Pamela Jaye Smith's tried and tested techniques, including everything from patterns of speech to styles of walking. "Inner Drives" will help you to structure character arcs, devise back-stories, develop conflict and even pair up couples. Inspiring and practical, Smith goes to the very source of character motivation and action, exploring the fascinating world of archetypes, mythology and the chakra system. You will then learn to apply these timeless principals of successful story-telling through examples and exercises, making this is a vital text for every budding screenwriter. Acting as the complete guide to developing authentic characters an audience will believe in, this book is packed with examples and exercises to help you create the perfect story, and is written by an award-winning producer/director.
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The book's mystical connotations are not really a drawback. The author understands that the connections to our drives and physical parts of the body can not really be explained. But they are still a reality (it's why one might describe a song as aiming at "the head, the heart, or the hips.")
The book is also a good read in that it gives a new angle on observing people's behavior, similar to the way Paul Fussell's book, Class, does.
Your script's hero needs an arc of some kind; this book will help you shape it. Recommended.
Notice how many times I repeat "this book is for you" and you'll get the idea of how this books reads. I am disappointed, especially given the 5/5 rating. It's more a 2/5 in my opinion, I got almost nothing useful out of it.
Inner Drives: How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation
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