45 Master Characters, Revised Edition

Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599635347

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Create unforgettable characters your readers will love! Want to make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex, and original than ever before? 45 Master Characters is here to help you explore the most common male and female archetypes--the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate. Explore a wide variety of character profiles including heroes, villains, and supporting characters. Learn how to use archetypes as foundations for your own unique characters Examine the mythic journeys of heroes and heroines--the progression of events upon which each archetype's character arc develops--and learn how to use them to enhance your story. Complete with examples culled from literature, television, and film, 45 Master Characters illustrates just how memorable and effective these archetypes can be--from "Gladiators" and "Kings" like Rocky Balboa and Captain Ahab to "Amazons" and "Maidens" like Wonder Woman and Guinevere. Great heroes and villains are necessary to bring any story to life; let this guide help you create characters that stand the test of time.
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Story Structure Architect

Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt,Victoria Schmidt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973258

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 277

View: 9587

A lighthearted, illustrated guide takes readers through each step of the structuring process from identifying characters, to building conflict, to incorporating plotlines, in a resource that provides thousands of possible story combinations and a range of dramatic templates. Original.
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A Writer's Guide to Characterization

Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development

Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599635576

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 218

View: 4663

Develop compelling character arcs using the power of myth! In the best novels, characters undergo dramatic changes that keep readers turning pages. A Writer's Guide to Characterization shows you how to develop such meaningful character arcs in your own work--stories of transformation that will resonate with readers long after the story ends. In this comprehensive guide, author Victoria Lynn Schmidt examines cross-cultural archetypes to illustrate how they can make your work more powerful and compelling. Plus, you'll learn how to draw from Jungian psychology to add complexity and believability to your characters. Schmidt also provides: 40 lessons on character development (with examples from well-known films and novels) that you can apply to your own work Questionnaires and exercises to help you select male and female archetypes and adapt them to your story 15 classic animal archetypes (including the coyote, snake, tiger, and butterfly) you can use to build convincing character profiles With A Writer's Guide to Characterization, you'll have the information you need to infuse the development of your characters with drama and authenticity.
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Fallen Heroes

Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes

Author: Tami D. Cowden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615471112

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 126

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The villain is the hero of his own story - and is every bit as important as the heroic characters. This book contains the lectures and exercises from Tami Cowden's popular online class on villain archetypes. The workshop identifies and examines the motivations of the 16 literary villain archetypes, and shows what happens when heroes and heroines turn to the dark side. Here's what participants have said about the workshop: -I really enjoyed this class. Seeing these archetypes spelled out like this really gives perspective instinct does not. -Not only did this give me some really good tips on villain archetypes, but seeing the thought process behind creating a character for the archetypes helped me with your hero/heroine archetypes as well. -WONDERFUL class, again!!! It was quite a thrill figuring out which archetype matched up with the villianess of my WIP: ) . I have your exclamation about motivation stuck to my wall, just as a reminder. --I did get a chance to apply this to my characters. I put a lot more thought into my characters' motivations and I think I will have a stronger book for it. The workshop really helped me make a more consistant characters and to work through how my characters act. -I'm having trouble getting a handle on my villain in my next book, and these archetypes are really helping me. -The exercises were enlightening as well as a fun way to get into the heads of these characters. - You have given me good ideas for use in my current WIP and I'm certain I'll be using some of the others archetypes in future works.
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Writer's Guide to Character Traits

Author: Dr. Linda Edelstein

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973906

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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From Sex to Schizophrenia: Everything You Need to Develop Your Characters! &break;&break;What makes a person commit a white-collar crime? Who is a likely candidate to join a cult? Why do children have imaginary friends? How does birth order affect whether or not a person gets married? When does mind over matter become a crippling problem? &break;&break;Writer's Guide to Character Traits, 2nd edition answers all of these questions and many others. With more than 400 easy-to-reference lists of traits blended from a variety of behaviors and influences, you'll gain the knowledge you need to create distinctive characters whose personalities correspond to their thoughts and actions - no matter how normal or psychotic they might be. In this updated and expanded edition, you'll also find: &break;&break; Comprehensive instruction on how to use this book&break; New statistical information to help you create true-to-life characters&break; Corresponding exercises that show you how to put the material to work in your stories&break; A quick-reference index to make cross-referencing a snap&break; Idea sparkers to get your thoughts out of your head and onto the page &break;&break;Plus, you'll learn about common - and not so common - psychological, physical, and relationship disorders; delve into the minds of criminals; find out what it takes to be a professional athlete, scientist, and truck driver; discover what life is like for a gang member, suicidal teen, and alcoholic; and more. &break;&break;In Writer's Guide to Character Traits, 2nd edition, note psychologist and author Dr. Linda Edelstein takes you beyond generic personality types and into the depths of the human psyche where you're sure to find the resources you need to make your characters stand out from the crowd.
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20 Master Plots

And How to Build Them

Author: Ronald Tobias

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582972398

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 8277

Give your story a solid foundation - a plot that engages readers from start to finish! &break;&break;The best stories linger in the hearts and minds of readers for decades. These tales gain their power through plots that connect with the audience on both an emotional and intellectual level. &break;&break;Inside, Ronald B. Tobias details these 20 time-tested plots. Each is discussed and analyzed, illustrating how a successful plot integrates all the elements of a story. Tobias then shows you how to use these plots effectively in your own work. &break;&break;Tobias then goes to the next level, showing you how to choose and develop plot in fiction. He shows you how to craft plot for any subject matter, so that you develop your work evenly and effectively. As a result, your fiction will be more cohesive and convincing, making your story unforgettable for readers everywhere.
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The Writer's Guide to Psychology

How to Write Accurately about Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior

Author: Carolyn Kaufman

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 1610350154

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 234

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An accurate and accessible survey of modern psychological theory and practice, this reference offers professional writers practical advice for incorporating psychological elements into their work. With easy-to-understand explanations and definitions, this book is an invaluable resource for any writer wishing to add realistic details to scenes that depict psychologists, mental illnesses and disorders, and psychotherapeutic treatments. Designed around the needs of professional fiction and nonfiction writers, this is an easy-to-use resource that includes historical and modern psychological treatments and terms and refutes popularly held misconceptions.
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Book in a Month

The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days

Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599639888

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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A helpful, step-by-step manual introduces writers to an effective, thirty-day system for writing a novel, in a resource that includes instruction, weekly schedules, and detailed worksheets, while offering advice on time management, project selection, research strategies, character and plot development, revisions, and more. 15,000 first printing.
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The Film Genre Book

Author: John Sanders

Publisher: Auteur Pub

ISBN: 9781903663905

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

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A comprehensive introduction to film history, The Film Genre Book allows the reader to create their own narrative of film through history by focusing on seven genres, highlighting a key film from each genre over a ninety-year period -- sixty-three films discussed in detail. The reader can trace the developments in a particular genre over time or compare films in a particular decade from the different genres. Each case-study considers issues of historical context, representation and the close textual analysis of significant scenes. Analysing films as diverse as Bambi and Pan's Labyrinth, the book immerses its reader into the full range of film experience. Its breadth of study, and the way in which it bridges the gap between commercial film guides and academic studies, makes it invaluable to teacher, student, and cineaste alike.
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The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines

Sixteen Master Archetypes

Author: Tami D. Cowden,Caro LaFever,Sue Viders

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615908113

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

View: 4854

Originally published: Hollywood, CA: Lone Eagle Pub., c2000.
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Characters & Viewpoint

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 182

View: 5008

Describes the different kinds of functions characters fulfill in a story, discusses motive, stereotypes, models, minor characters, comedy, and transformation
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The Heroine's Journey

Author: Maureen Murdock

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828340

Category: Psychology

Page: 232

View: 7309

This book describes contemporary woman's search for wholeness in a society in which she has been defined according to masculine values. Drawing upon cultural myths and fairy tales, ancient symbols and goddesses, and the dreams of contemporary women, Murdock illustrates the need for—and the reality of—feminine values in Western culture today.
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The Virgin's Promise

Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual, and Sexual Awakening

Author: Kim Hudson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781932907728

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 6631

"The Virgins Promise demystifies the complexities of archetypes and clearly outlines the steps of a virgin s journey to realize her dream. Audiences need to see more than brave, self-sacrificing heroes. They need to see virgins who bring their talents and self-fulfilling joys to life. The Virgin s Promise describes this journey with beats that feel incredibly familiar but that have not been illustrated in any other screenwriting book. It explores the yin and yang of the virgin and hero journeys to take up their power as individuals, and includes a practical guide to putting this new theory into action. "--Back cover.
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The Well of Loneliness

Author: Radclyffe Hall

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473374081

Category: Fiction

Page: 716

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This early work by Radclyffe Hall was originally published in 1928 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Well of Loneliness' is a novel that follows an upper-class Englishwoman who falls in love with another woman while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I. Marguerite Radclyffe Hall was born on 12th August 1880, in Bournemouth, England. Hall's first novel The Unlit Lamp (1924) was a lengthy and grim tale that proved hard to sell. It was only published following the success of the much lighter social comedy The Forge (1924), which made the best-seller list of John O'London's Weekly. Hall is a key figure in lesbian literature for her novel The Well of Loneliness (1928). This is her only work with overt lesbian themes and tells the story of the life of a masculine lesbian named Stephen Gordon.
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Plotto

The Classic Plot Suggestion Tool for Writers of Creative Fiction

Author: William Wallace Cook

Publisher: Norton Creek Press

ISBN: 0981928471

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

View: 1928

Have you struggled to expand your initial idea into a complete story? Plotting can be frustrating work! What if there were a tool for this very problem, so you could navigate these uncharted waters as quickly as possible? A tool that starts with what you have (a situation, perhaps, or a group of characters) and sets you on the road to new possibilities? Plotto does all this. Created by a master of organized creativity, William Wallace Cook (one of the most prolific writers in history), Plotto has been prized by professional authors and screenwriters since its publication in 1928, and is still in demand today, with copies of the original edition selling for up to $400. This Norton Creek Edition is an exact reproduction of Cook's work. To keep the book down to a manageable size (300 pages of very small type) while retaining its powerful features, Cook uses a telegraphic format that takes some getting used to, so working your way carefully through the introduction and its examples is the key to professional-quality results. Because Plotto was written in the Twenties, its situations can seem old-fashioned and its terminology politically incorrect, but these problems are more apparent than real. Cook himself wrote both westerns and early classics of science fiction, so you see how replacing stagecoach with star ship or dance hall girl with male stripper are within the reach of anyone using the Plotto system, and, in fact, this kind of substitution is how the book is intended to be used, and is the key to its flexibility and enduring popularity.
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The Master and Margarita

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802190510

Category: Fiction

Page: 402

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I first read Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita on a balcony of the Hotel Metropole in Saigon on three summer evenings in 1971. The tropical air was heavy and full of the smells of cordite and motorcycle exhaust and rotting fish and wood-fire stoves, and the horizon flared ambiguously, perhaps from heat lightning, perhaps from bombs. Later each night, as was my custom, I would wander out into the steamy back alleys of the city, where no one ever seemed to sleep, and crouch in doorways with the people and listen to the stories of their culture and their ancestors and their ongoing lives. Bulgakov taught me to hear something in those stories that I had not yet clearly heard. One could call it, in terms that would soon thereafter gain wide currency, "magical realism". The deadpan mix of the fantastic and the realistic was at the heart of the Vietnamese mythos. It is at the heart of the present zeitgeist. And it was not invented by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as wonderful as his One Hundred Years of Solitude is. Garcia Marquez's landmark work of magical realism was predated by nearly three decades by Bulgakov's brilliant masterpiece of a novel. That summer in Saigon a vodka-swilling, talking black cat, a coven of beautiful naked witches, Pontius Pilate, and a whole cast of benighted writers of Stalinist Moscow and Satan himself all took up permanent residence in my creative unconscious. Their presence, perhaps more than anything else from the realm of literature, has helped shape the work I am most proud of. I'm often asked for a list of favorite authors. Here is my advice. Read Bulgakov. Look around you at the new century. He will show you things you need to see.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creative Writing

Author: Laurie Rozakis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781592572069

Category: Reference

Page: 358

View: 7509

A fifty percent revision of a popular Complete Idiot's Guide that now, more than ever, offers readers a thorough, creative writing class in a book, with Dr. Laurie Rozakis as their teacher. The book is refocused to more of an academic approach. Readers can begin to unlock their creativity from the first page, with fabulous exercises that help them explore their talents and experiment with different genres and forms of writing, including: • •Short stories •Narrative nonfiction •Memoirs •Magazine articles •Poetry •Drama •Blogging and freewriting
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The Story Solution

23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take

Author: Eric Edson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615930845

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 349

View: 3240

Eric Edson has developed a new tool for bringing depth and passion to any screenplay — the "23 Steps All Great Heroes Must Take." It's an easy to understand paradigm that provides writers and filmmakers the interconnecting, powerful storytelling elements they need. With true insight, a master teacher of screenwriting pinpoints the story structure reasons most new spec scripts don't sell – then uses scores of examples from popular hit movies to present, step by step, his revolutionary Hero Goal Sequences® blueprint for writing blockbuster movies. The Story Solution empowers a writer like never before, immediately putting him or her on the fast track toward writing scripts that sell. This step-by-step system for building powerful screen stories cannot be found anywhere else – it's a paradigm so unique that it has been granted Registered Trademark status by the U.S. government.
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