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Pack A Highlighter, You're Gonna Need It.
on May 1, 2015
From ancient times writers have drawn on elements people relate to. Vogler examines and defines many of these elements such as characters with universal appeal (the hero, the love interest, the trickster, etc) and the worlds they pass through.
The Writer's Journey explores how to avoid stereotypes by allowing characters to engage in ways that are unexpected but not out of character. The plot of the story neatly advances as the reader is further engaged. Various realms are explored such as the Ordinary World, the Special World and the Journey Back.
Different story forms and segments are examined for ways they can fit together in a narrative. Thankfully most facets of fiction can be swapped about as needed for one's current work-in-progress. This book should be kept on your writing desk.
This is not a template for format or plot. Vogler freely acknowledges that few stories can contain all the elements and details he writes about. There's no wrong way to tell a story if it captures the imagination and satisfies the sense of having been 'there and back' with the hero and/or villain.
There are enough references to historical literature, classical tales and modern movies that most writers will be able to appreciate this material. All genre writers should find this book useful. The Writer's Journey is itself engaging as it challenges its readers to compare their own life experience to the material; for what good is a story if it isn't alive?