It isn't like me to be bold enough to offer a book review, but this one is so good that I must tell someone. Chris Vogler does not tell you how to write, but he presents a structure that is common to all stories that touch people's emotions, whatever their age or culture. And I can see the pattern everywhere - in my personal life, my life as a writer and in circumstances I encounter, as well as in my favourite novels and movies. Vogler points out that the structure is not the only model, but simply "one metaphor for what goes on in a story or a human life". But believe me, it's a very powerful one. Whether you write screenplays or novels, this book is immensely helpful. I cannot praise it enough.