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Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes

Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes

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by Tami D. Cowden, Caro Lafever, Sue Viders

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Writing great fiction heroes and heroines.


Writing great fiction heroes and heroines.

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Library Journal
Many books attempt to show writers how to create believable characters. This one is unlike the majority: it specifically identifies 16 "master archetypes," complete with thumbnail sketches and descriptions of specific qualities, flaws, background, styles, and possible occupations. The authors, all writers and writing instructors, detail eight male and eight female archetypes in Sections 1 and 2 and then in Section 3 discuss how the characters can interact and evolve, often warning that "a writer cannot simply lift the archetypes from these pages." Although these archetypes from these pages." Although these archetypes are admittedly rather stereotypical (e.g., the Chief, the Bad Boy, and the Warrior, or the Seductress, the Waif, and the Nurturer), the book does provide a thought-provoking exploration of character development and its myriad possibilities. Useful examples from literature, television, and cinema are included in the appendex. Although the book is written in an easily accessible writing style, it nevertheless contains more detail than would be needed for most undergraduate programs. It is therefore more suitable for advanced creative writing programs. Recommended for midsize to larger public libraries.-Angela M. Weiler, SUNY Libs. at Morrisville

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What People are Saying About This

Deb Stover
Deb Stover, award winning author of nine time travel and historical romances:

The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes and Heroines takes the mystery out of creating compelling and memorable characters. Every writer should own a copy.

Richard Walter
Prof. Richard Walter, Screenwriting Chairman, UCLA Dept. of Film and Television:

An invaluable resource for writers working in any genre....

Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson, best-selling co-author of Dune: House Atreides:

The authors have developed a clear and usable system for creating memorable characters.

Debra Dixon
Debra Dixon, author GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict and Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes:

Finally! Fiction Archetypes made easy. . . . Stuffed with examples and cleverly organized, [this book] earned a spot on my crowded bookshelf.

Meet the Author

Tami Cowden is an award winning author of romance and mystery. In addition to her novel, Cruising for Love, and her contributions to assorted short story anthologies, Tami is the author of Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Villain Archetypes.

Double finalist and winner of the Golden Heart, one of Romance Writers of America's highest awards, Caro LaFever writes timeless romantic tales as well as nonfiction advice for writers.

Artist and writer Sue Viders has co-authored numerous books for artists, including 10 Steps for Creating Memorable Characters, and Art Office: 80+ Business Forms, Charts, Sample Letters, Legal Documents & Business Plans for Fine Artists.

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Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you write, you should read this book. It's that simple! If I had had this book available when I was starting to write, my life could have taken an entirely different direction. If you aspire to write, read this book now. If you already write fiction, this book will make it easier. Trust me on this one: you will love this guide!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must have recipe book that includes all the ingredients necessary for a writer to create compelling characters readers will sympathize with and cheer for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick and easy way to layer characterization, especially for secondary characters that tend to be stereotypical.
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