The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers and Screenwriters

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The Writer's Journey is a guide to the patterns of mythology that lie nestled in all narrative writing. Based upon the work of Joseph Campbell, it offers the reader a set of useful myth-inspired storytelling paradigms and step-by-step guidelines to plot and character development. One of Hollywood's top studio heads made the rough draft of this book required reading for his executive staff.

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Overview

The Writer's Journey is a guide to the patterns of mythology that lie nestled in all narrative writing. Based upon the work of Joseph Campbell, it offers the reader a set of useful myth-inspired storytelling paradigms and step-by-step guidelines to plot and character development. One of Hollywood's top studio heads made the rough draft of this book required reading for his executive staff.

"..the perfect manual for developing, pitching and writing stories with universal human themes that will forever captivate a global audience". — Jeff Arch, screenwriter Sleepless in Seattle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941188135
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Preparing for the Journey 3
Bk. 1 Mapping the Journey 11
A Practical Guide 13
The Archetypes 33
Hero 39
Mentor 51
Threshold Guardian 63
Herald 69
Shapeshifter 75
Shadow 83
Trickster 89
Bk. 2 Stages Of The Journey 95
Ordinary World 97
Call to Adventure 117
Refusal of the Call 127
Meeting the Mentor (Wise Old Man or Woman) 137
Crossing the First Threshold 149
Tests, Allies, Enemies 157
Approach to the Inmost Cave 167
Supreme Ordeal 181
Reward (Seizing the Sword) 203
The Road Back 217
Resurrection 227
Return with the Elixir 247
Epilogue: Looking Back On The Journey 263
Appendices
Filmography 287
Bibliography 288
Hero's Journey Worksheet 289
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    A Great Trigger for the Imagination

    Initially, I thought this book would be just another 'hollywood template' for a script. However, since there was the promise of the use of Joseph Campbell's 'The Hero's Journey' as it's source, I decided to give it a try. Almost from the beginning, I found myself writing copious notes in the margins of this book. It related directly to my 'screenplay in progress' and gave me the paradigm I needed to structure the script. I found that what was being said resonated with me as truth about focusing one's writing. It didn't feel formulaic--just informative and thought provoking. My imagination was triggered into creating more relevant scenes for my characters because now I had a better understanding of who they are, where they are going and why. I will most likely re-read this book at the beginning of every screenplay I write and allow it to reflect on my story. As a bonus, I also found in it parallels to my own life's journey. Thus, the title. Let it take you there.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    A roadmap to crafting stories that resonate with readers

    Using paradigms explored in the works of Joseph Campbell (Hero With A Thousand Faces) Christopher Vogler delivers an immensely readable, illuminating explanation of why certain classic and successful stories and films resonate so strongly with their respective audiences. Breaking it down into a roadmap of events and character archetypes, Vogler teaches by example how every writer can turn a go-nowhere story idea into a journey that will captivate readers--and editors--alike. Don't miss this great book! (For a list of additional must-have writing books, visit the Resources page at WriteWayPro's website.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    Writer's Journey and StoryCraft are a perfect match

    I love The Writer's Journey. And one thing that makes it particularly useful to me is the fact that the same basic principles (mythological approach of Joseph Campbell) used in the book are also used in the writer's story-development software program that I use (religiously): StoryCraft Software. In short, if you believe in the mythological approach as THE fundamental approach to story creation, then The Writer's Journey and StoryCraft Software should be your 'bibles.'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Don't Want To Offend By Going Biblical, But...

    If you're looking to write a story and you haven't read "The Writer's Journey," you need your head examined. I live and work in Los Angeles and everybody who's anybody, and anybody who ever thought they were anybody, has used this book as a resource and inspiration. My favorite thing about Chris Vogler's "The Writer's Journey" is this: Even if you're intimidated by the concepts he's talking about in the book; even if you're not the most well-read, or haven't seen a ton of movies; if you stay with the book to the end, you'll get it, even if you're worried that you didn't. Get this book and read it (even if you don't finish it) and talk about it, even if you're not the most informed about it. It's cool to develop your own philosophy. And finally (like I'm some authority), long after you put the book away, don't hesitate to take a peek at it every now and then. The one thing "The Writer's Journey" will always do, even at glance, is reinforce the good instincts you already have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    The Hero with a Thousand Faces The Hero with a Thousand Faces The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell

    Mythology in story telling does parallel human history, since the earliest fire chats. The uses of mythology in oral Allegories and serial story telling was common in Ancients; Persian spread it east and west predating expansion of Their initial Empire. Before that Maggie's used it and expanded it with early theological foundations. Since, the written by products are now dusts, the story telling, snake charming are one way to look at some practices going back 6000-11000 BC. So everyone falls short on the historical full picture. It is great to see it utilized and studied after masterful presentations of Joseph Campbell. It still is a living multicultural organisms forming and cultivating story telling!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2001

    A Visit to the Mountain

    Christopher Vogler has succeeded, at a relatively tender age, in imparting to the rest of us the kind of wisdom and insights for the ages that would normally be expected to emanate only from a Solomon-like sage/visionary of the distant past. One is transformed having visited this modern oracle and coming away with the secrets of the great story tellers of the classics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    You can't go wrong with this book.

    I couldn't put this book down. Buy it and have the same experience.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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