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The Writer's Journey - 3rd edition: Mythic Structure for Writers Library Binding – November 1, 2007
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Vogler admits that his work in this book is based in part on the works of Carl Jung and Jospeh Campbell, but that is only bolstered by the years of experience Vogler has in writing and analyzing story structure. Inside the cover of this book, you will find a breakdown of the generic story structure, character archetypes, and how those have been applied to some of the iconic films of our time.
There is also a very personal element to the work in this book, giving the reader an insight into the journey Vogler himself has taken, not only in the writing of this book but also in the years since it's first edition release.
The entire book is written in a way that takes some very complex ideas and breaks them down in ways that are easy to understand. However, it's the application of the concepts that will always challenge any writer, but I learned a lot from reading this book, and can't wait to take up the challenge of following my own path. With a new understanding of the underlying structures that show up in so many stories, and the psychology of particular character roles, my stories can only benefit.
In many ways this is a guide not just for writing stories but for life.
When reading it I was amazed at how my life really was just one chapter after another and with some very predictable characters.
Although there are many points within this book that you may have instinctively grasped as a writer Christopher Vogler puts them into black and white and gives you a very clear understanding for why things do and don't work.
This is essential reading for anyone who wants to write.