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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

View: 7500

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.

Story Structure Architect

Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt,Victoria Schmidt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973258

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 277

View: 7836

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.

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: 1656

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.

Fallen Heroes

Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes

Author: Tami D. Cowden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615471112

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 126

View: 1223

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.

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.

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: 1364

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.

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: 6217

Originally published: Hollywood, CA: Lone Eagle Pub., c2000.

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: 4856

"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.

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

View: 8097

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.

The Film Genre Book

Author: John Sanders

Publisher: Auteur Pub

ISBN: 9781903663905

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

View: 7973

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.

The Heroine's Journey

Author: Maureen Murdock

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828340

Category: Psychology

Page: 232

View: 9673

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.

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: 1856

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.

The Master and Margarita

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1365880052

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 9570

The Master and Margarita (Russian: Ма́стер и Маргари́та) is a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, written between 1928 and 1940, but unpublished in book form until 1967. The story concerns a visit by the devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. Many critics consider it to be one of the best novels of the 20th century, as well as the foremost of Soviet satires.

The Well Of Loneliness

Author: Radclyffe Hall

Publisher: Radclyffe Hall

ISBN: 889254182X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: N.A

View: 5845

Radclyffe Hall (born Marguerite Radclyffe Hall on 12 August 1880 – 7 October 1943) was an English poet and author, best known for the novel The Well of Loneliness. The novel has become a groundbreaking work in lesbian literature. The Well of Loneliness is a 1928 lesbian novel by the British author Radclyffe Hall. It follows the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose "sexual inversion" (homosexuality) is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation and rejection, which Hall depicts as having a debilitating effect on inverts. The novel portrays inversion as a natural, God-given state and makes an explicit plea: "Give us also the right to our existence".

Bet Me

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312357085

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 2515

Unlikely lovers Min Dobbs and Cal Morrisey agree not to pursue a relationship after one date, but they are thrown together again as they deal with a jealous ex-boyfriend, a determined psychologist, and a bizarrely intelligent cat.

What Would Your Character Do?

Author: Ph.D., Eric Maisel

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973722

Category: Reference

Page: 250

View: 6158

Get Inside Your Character's Head &break;&break;Just how well do you know your characters? &break;&break;Test yourself–and your characters–with 30 interactive pop quizzes designed to help you discover exactly what makes your characters tick. &break;&break;Noted author Eric Maisel draws on his technical knowledge of the craft and his background in psychology to show you how to combine character traits, character psychology, and character development to create realistic, memorable, and mutable characters. &break;&break;The 30 real-life scenarios include questions and answers that provide you with a window into your characters' souls. For example: &break;&break; What would motivate your character to tell a lie–a big lie that may have unintended consequences? &break; Is your character the type who would blow the whistle on a corporate cover-up or would she quietly toe the line?&break; How would your character cope with the loss of a parent with whom he was exceptionally close?&break; How likely would your character be to flirt with an attractive stranger in a hotel bar? &break; Is your character the type who would drop everything–and everyone–for a spontaneous road trip? &break;&break;Plus, find out how to develop each scenario further using corresponding prompts and specific psychological insight into areas such as the role friendship plays in a person's mental and physical health, conflict resolution in intimate relationships, and the connection between time-impatience and free-floating hostility. &break;&break;With What Would Your Character Do?, you don't have to guess at your character's responses to the important decisions and unexpected challenges he's sure to encounter in your story. Use and reuse these scenarios on each of your characters until you've got a nuanced, distinct cast that readers will never be able to forget!

The Story Solution

23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take

Author: Eric Edson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615930845

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 349

View: 1487

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.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author: L. Frank Baum

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Adventure and adventurers

Page: 329

View: 8219

In the first of L. Frank Baum's time-honored Oz novels, country girl Dorothy Gale gets whisked away by a cyclone to the fantastical Land of Oz. Dropped into the midst of trouble when her farmhouse crushes a tyrannical sorceress, Dorothy incurs the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy is desperate to return to her native Kansas, and, aided by the Good Witch of the North, she sets out for the Emerald City to get help from the legendary Wizard. On her way, she meets three unlikely allies who embody key human virtues—the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion.

The Writer's digest sourcebook for building believable characters

Author: Marc McCutcheon

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

View: 6011

Six novelists reveal their approaches to characterization in this guide, which comes with a questionnaire to help writers probe their characters' backgrounds, beliefs, and desires and a "thesaurus" of physical and psychological traits to aid in character development.

Writing for Emotional Impact

Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, and Fascinate the Reader from Beginning to End

Author: Karl Iglesias

Publisher: WingSpan Press

ISBN: 1595940286

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 238

View: 3543

Karl Iglesias breaks new ground by focusing on the psychology of the reader. Based on his acclaimed classes at UCLA Extension, Writing for Emotional Impact goes beyond the basics and argues that Hollywood is in the emotion-delivery business, selling emotional experiences packaged in movies and TV shows. Iglesias not only encourages you to deliver emtional impact on as many pages as possible, he shows you how, offering hundreds of dramatic techniques to take your writing to the professional level.

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