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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing resource 22 July 2015
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This book is one of my favorite books ever. After cutting down my library from multiple book cases to just a few books, (the books are now in storage) to decrease clutter it's one that I always keep around. I bought a kindle version too, so I can access it if I don't have my hard copy with me. It's great for when I'm creating. I use it to get the symbolism perfect easily and every time. I also use it for how I present myself personally, so that I'm communicating non verbally what I want to. Finally, it's a super simple and super effective way to understand where others are coming from more easily and effectively. If you've ever wondered how you can tell Disney vilian is a Disney vilian just by looking at them, or why singing something in a son makes it more credible then here it is.
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps with many facets of script writing 29 Oct. 2014
By Matt R - Published on Amazon.com
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This book helps with many facets of screenwriting--generating ideas, structuring your story, coming up with dialog and actions for your characters.

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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Reads too much like a history book 3 Oct. 2007
By Zach Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't understand why the consensus rating is 5/5. I found this book extremely wordy and it reads like a history book. If you want dozens of pages on the historical aspects of (insert your favorite chakra here), then this book is for you. If you want to see the same movies quoted and re-quoted over and over as examples of (insert your favorite chakra here), then this book is for you. If your idea of fun is combing through over one hundred pages dripping with hippy-isms looking for the "meat" you can use, then this book is for you. However, if you want a book that gives you a fair amount of background on a subject, fresh movie examples, and then leaves you with concrete ideas and examples of how to leverage the content matter to improve your characters and stories, then this book is not for you.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inner Drives: How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation 8 Sept. 2008
By C. Dickerson - Published on Amazon.com
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"Inner Drives: How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation, " is a great course on human behavior applicable to creating vidid realistic characters with the personality to lead your story. It is adapted to screenwriting but is about story in practically any genre. Learn about your behavior while learning about character creation and his/her effective deployment throughout your story.

Inner Drives: How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for a writing arsenal. 3 Feb. 2013
By my-revu - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been so inspired by this book--Having a hard time getting through it because I keep stopping the reading to write. If you're a writer and need inspiration on character development and subtexts, this is a must-read.
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