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The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers Paperback – 20 November 2007
"Every time I start a project I re-skim a book called “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler. It is a reinterpretation of Joseph Campbell’s works ― “The Hero’s Journey” and “The Hero With a Thousand Faces” ― pointed toward practical writing advice. It is filled with things you already know, which is sort of the point, only lined up in highly helpful ways to construct your story. I read it for the first time at 18 and have used it for reference ever since" ― Jason Segel in The New York Times.
- Publisher : Michael Wiese Productions; 3rd edition (20 November 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 193290736X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1932907360
- Dimensions : 15.49 x 3.2 x 23.06 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 95,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For any writer who is committed to their craft, this book will be a resource that will be used over and over for the rest of their lives.
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It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that you can also use the book as a guide through life. Not in the same way as a self-help book but you can see how the people that you encounter through life, the challenges etc, it's all there.
It makes me want to read Carl Jung's work and I will at some point.
Not a book that you can rush through, if you really want to absorb it and to understand it properly. Definitely a book that you will need to go back to, dipping in and out of. What he talks about, really connects with being a human being and finding yourself on your own journey.
If you're human and a writer of stories, you can't help but get a better understanding of yourself and how and why stories work.
It is a very interesting and stimulating read - laying out the HJ as a useful model for all writers. He breaks everything down into bite sized chunks, and throws in examples to illustrate. There is an over-reliance on The Wizard of Oz and Red River in the examples but you get it. He also refers to Star Wars and Lucas a lot, but while generally very precise and accurate, makes silly mistakes, such as saying the Emperor cuts of Luke's hand (it is, of course Vader). There is a reluctance to provide the overview this book needs, and there are a few unrelated chapters added to the end, which are perceptive but don't entirely fit the book.
Overall, Vogler had a great original notion and the reader will learn a lot from him. But it's not the knockout success I was expecting - it is both over-ambitious and over-cautious.
As the title suggests, Vogler borrows a lot from ancient mythology and says every story is a hero's journey through 12 stages from the Ordinary World – through adventures and ordeals in the Special World – to return victorious with the Elixir. Each stage is developed in depth, introducing nine standard character Archetypes – Hero, Mentor, Shapeshifter, Trickster, etc.
I think this is a Must-read for any aspiring novel author, even more valuable than Robert McKee's Story.