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The Virgin's Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual and Sexual Awakening Paperback – April 1, 2010

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About the Author

Kim Hudson grew up in the Yukon, a father’s daughter with a Cinderella complex. She spent many years exploring her masculine side as a field geologist and a First Nations’ Land Claims negotiator before studying at Vancouver Film School, University of British Columbia, and the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich. Kim’s personal journey and scholarly inquiry combined to develop this theory of the Virgin’s archetypal structure. Over the past four years Kim has given workshops and classes in the Vancouver area on the Virgin’s Promise.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907728
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Much like The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) I had a hard time getting into The Heroine's Journey. I found both books dry and overly academic. All I really wanted was the information distilled into an easy-to-read, easy-to-learn format to help me write stronger screenplays and novels. Chris Vogler's The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition did that with Campbell's theory, but did not cover feminine journeys. I'd had a taste of that in the only previous book that covered both, 45 Master Characters, Revised Edition: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters, but that author didn't give as much detail as I wanted (since half the book was focused on character archetypes). It was a good start, but then I discovered The Virgin's Promise.

This book covers all the Jungian archetypes much better (and faster) than 45 Master Characters and goes into step-by-step detail on each phase of the feminine heroic journey, including several possible variations for each. And it gives plenty of movie examples, including a section showing how closely the selected films follow the journey's steps.

There are lots of helpful at-a-glance tables comparing and contrasting the failed and successful masculine and feminine journeys and archetypes and worksheets for you to create your own.
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I picked this book up because I was working on a story, but it did not fit within the "hero's journey" structure, and I was looking for some fresh ideas. This book is a rare find, and I am very thankful to have run into it. I highly recommend it to anyone who writes, be it screen plays or novels. It is a valuable addition to my personal collection of books that have ideas on story structure.
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I've been working on a medieval fantasy romance novel and recently came to the conclusion that I have TWO protagonists, the male and female lovers, naturally. Their romantic journeys begin when they meet, and each of them has a unique perspective and emotional experience of how their deepening intimacy affects them and their place in the world. Up to now, I had focused mainly on the Hero's Journey, but felt that my Female character needed - in fact, DESERVED - to be better represented. To my great excitement, I found The Virgin's Promise which offered EXACTLY what I was seeking. I discovered that my Female protagonist had already embarked on the quintessential Virgin's Journey - from obedience and passive acceptance of the Ordinary World to an awakening (meeting and falling in love with the Hero) which urges her to explore new possibilities for love and joy in her life. By falling in love with the Hero, she finds that she can no longer remain obedient to the patriarchal authorities in her life who have planned her future in great detail. Her passionate attraction and subsequent love affair and sexual awakening throw "the Kingdom" into chaos! She begins to transform into a sensual, free-spirited, fully expressive young woman, which means, of course, that she can never return to the repressive, tyrannical patriarchal society that would imprison her spirit and deny her unfolding. In order to be true to the woman she is becoming and to honor her love and fully express her joy and creativity, the "Kingdom" must either be destroyed or transformed. Her promise unfolds parallel to the journey of the Hero, who learns and grows from the transformative experience of their love.Read more ›
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By E. Slate on September 16, 2010
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The Virgin's Promise is a beautiful contribution to the screenwriting how-tos. With its emphasis on the feminine spirit in characters (both male and female) Kim Hudson has given writers a great and overdue gift of a creative paradigm, one that is emotionally truthful and sensitively written. It's a truly inspirational book which is simple yet profound. Using a wonderful range of examples from well known films,
Hudson illustrates the beats of the journey, and the archetypes, which Virgins frequently encounter on their path to transformation. If your main character is trapped, oppressed, or out of touch with their true potential, this guide will help you shape his/her journey to light!
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I met Kim Hudson at the Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles and was immediately taken with her presentation on the narrative structure of the Virgin's Journey. Everyone in the room was nodding in agreement as she spoke, wondering why no one had ever outlined the Virgin's Journey before. An amazing book for screenwriters and writers alike, The Virgin's Promise is an essential tool for anyone looking to develop their own writing and also makes a great companion piece to Campbell's The Hero's Journey. I look forward to more of Ms. Hudson's work.
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