Years ago, a well-known author told me about a book that helped him develop his personal writer’s journey. That book, The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler, is this week’s focus in the ongoing saga known as the Writer’s Bookshelf.
What is it exactly? Well, in short, it’s the book that Vogler first wrote as a seven-page memo to Disney and later expanded into a short, twenty-something-page “Practical Guide,” as a means to reiterate Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” archetype as presented in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, so that Disney writers might write screenplays (and stories) that put the hero’s journey on display and the customer’s money in their hands. Because the model worked out so well, including for The Lion King, which the memo was written for, he expanded the memo and the Practical Guide again to this 500-page masterpiece that any writer can use to better his storytelling.
Find out more in this video.
Also, please note that this book is best read with an epic movie soundtrack playing in the background. I recommend this one, but choose whatever works best for you.
· Paperback: 510 pages
· ISBN-10: 1615933158
· ISBN-13: 978-1615933150
· Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; 4th Edition (August 4, 2020)
Check out other entries in the Writer’s Bookshelf series here.
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