The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources ( Episode 26: Discussing “The Compass of Character” by David Corbett)

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This week, we’re continuing our discussion about characters and the things that make them worth rooting for, this time with a more central focus on a particular character need: motivation. Our book this week, The Compass of Character, is a challenging one, but if you can digest its wisdom into bite-sized pieces, then you’ll walk away with a clarity you might not have had before. Clarity about what?

You may finally figure out what the heck your characters actually want.

Yes, it’s a much harder subject to crack than it sounds on paper. It’s still one of my weaknesses. But I’m the guy who stares at a restaurant menu for fifteen minutes, trying to decide between a plain chicken sandwich and a spicy one. It’s always about the details, right? So, this book is necessary for anyone who believes a good character motivation is to “succeed” or “not die” or “pay his taxes on time.” And this video will discuss it in greater detail if that sounds like the very mystery you need to crack today.

The Compass of Character: Creating Complex Motivation for Compelling Characters in Fiction, Film, and TV

by David Corbett


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·  Paperback: 288 pages

·  ISBN-10: 1440300860

·  ISBN-13: 978-1440300868

·  Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books (November 19, 2019)

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