The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 23: Discussing “45 Master Characters” by Victoria Lynn Schmidt)

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Have you ever dreamed up a character that seemed flat on the page? What about an ensemble of talking heads that seemed to talk to no one and everyone without a purpose or identity? Have you ever built a villain that looked too much like a hero (and vice versa)? Then maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board.

Welcome to The Writer’s Bookshelf. This week, we focus on Victoria Lynn Schmidt’s answer to the Hero’s Journey by focusing on the mythic characters that populate it. 45 Master Characters is your new go-to for plotting when you want your characters to tell the story rather than set the dressing. Or something like that.

If you ever wanted to ensure your characters are varied yet compatible, then this is the book to read. Find out why in this week’s video.

45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

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Amazon Metadata:

·  Paperback: 288 pages

·  ISBN-10: 1599635348

·  ISBN-13: 978-1599635347

·  Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books; 2nd edition (January 1, 2012)

Check out other entries in the Writer’s Bookshelf series here.

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