The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers

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Michael Wiese Productions, 2007 - Performing Arts - 407 pages
See why this book has become an international best seller and a true classic. The Writer's Journey explores the powerful relationship between mythology and storytelling in a clear, concise style that's made it required reading for movie executives, screenwriters, playwrights, scholars, and fans of pop culture all over the world. The updated and revised third edition provides new insights and observations from Vogler's ongoing work on mythology's influence on stories, movies, and man himself.

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This book digs deeply into the idea of archtypes and how they relate to writing compelling stories and creating memorable characters. It may seem a bit silly if you've never heard of or don't care ... Read full review

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Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, visited Australia in October this year. When I discovered he was giving a
seminar at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), I jumped at the chance to hear him speak.
Vogler is a guru among Hollywood story consultants. He began working in the film industry as a story analyst, working with a number of movie producers and studios before becoming a reader for Twentieth Century Fox and a story consultant for Disney.
While at Disney in the mid-80s, he wrote a famous seven-page memo called “A Practical Guide to the Hero with a Thousand Faces”. The memo provided Hollywood with a new way to look at story structure, distilling for filmmakers the ideas articulated in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), a book by renowned comparative mythologist, Joseph Campbell.
After producing the memo, Vogler went on to contribute story ideas to an array of Disney films, including The Lion King (which was boarded according to the principles in Vogler’s memo), as well as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Hercules.
Following his time at Disney, Vogler worked as a consultant to the major Hollywood studios and returned to Fox as a development executive, influencing screenplays such as Fight Club, Courage under Fire, Anna and the King and The Thin Red Line.
As an independent consultant, Vogler has worked on films such as Hancock, I am Legend, 10,000 B.C., The Wrestler, The Karate Kid remake, Then She Found Me and The Fighter. He wrote the script for the animated European film Jester Till and is author of the manga Ravenskull.
Vogler is perhaps best known for his book, The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, which expands on the principles set out in his famous seven-page memo. The book was first published in 1993 and is now in its third edition.
According to Vogler, many theorists present a linear model when discussing plot progression. Joseph Campbell departed from this approach by bending the traditional straight line into a circle, as you will see in the diagram below.
The circular Hero’s Journey suggests that the events in the life of the hero are part of a cycle others have preceded the hero on this journey and more may be destined to follow.
 The Ordinary World. The hero, uneasy, uncomfortable or unaware, is introduced sympathetically so the audience can identify with the situation or dilemma. The hero is shown against a background of environment, heredity, and personal history. Some kind of polarity in the hero’s life is pulling in different directions and causing stress.
 The Call to Adventure. Something shakes up the situation, either from external pressures or from something rising up from deep within, so the hero must face the beginnings of change.
 Refusal of the Call. The hero feels the fear of the unknown and tries to turn away from the adventure, however briefly. Alternately, another character may express the uncertainty and danger ahead.
 Meeting with the Mentor. The hero comes across a seasoned traveler of the worlds who gives him or her training, equipment, or advice that will help on the journey. Or the hero reaches within to a source of courage and wisdom.
 Crossing the Threshold. At the end of Act One, the hero commits to leaving the Ordinary World and entering a new region or condition with unfamiliar rules and values.
 Tests, Allies and Enemies. The hero is tested and sorts out allegiances in the Special World.
 Approach. The hero and newfound allies prepare for the major challenge in the Special World.
 The Ordeal. Near the middle of the story, the hero enters a central space in the Special World and confronts death or faces his or her greatest fear. Out of the moment of death comes a new life.
 The Reward. The hero takes possession of the treasure won by facing death. There may be celebration, but there is also danger of losing the

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