45 Master Characters

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Writer's Digest Books, Aug 15, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 304 pages
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Create unforgettable characters your readers will love!

45 Master Characters will make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex and original than ever before.

You'll explore the most common male and female archetypes—the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate—and learn how to use them as foundations for your own unique characters. Examples culled from literature, television and film illustrate just how memorable and effective these archetypes can be—from "Gladiators" and "Kings" like Rocky Balboa and Captain Ahab to "Amazons" and "Maidens" like Xena and Guinevere.

The mythic journeys of heroes and heroines—the progression of events upon which each archetype's character arc develops—are also examined. Building such a "journey" into your character's story will enable you to stop worrying about what happens next and get on with telling your tale.

It's a power-packed method for creating characters that stand the test of time!

  

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Very helpful easy to read book on different arch types. - Goodreads
An outstanding reference book for writers. - Goodreads
I didn't love Schmidt's writing style. - Goodreads
It's easy to read and soooo helpful. - Goodreads
It's a very good "toolkit" style writing book. - Goodreads
This is my favorite writer's reference books. - Goodreads

Review: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

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This is an excellent book covering character archetypes and plot structures. I especially loved how Schmidt used examples from literature and film to demonstrate the qualities of these archetypes. Read full review

Review: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

User Review  - Goodreads

This is an excellent book covering character archetypes and plot structures. I especially loved how Schmidt used examples from literature and film to demonstrate the qualities of these archetypes. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Victoria Schmidt is a screenwriter for film and television. A graduate of the film programs at UCLA and NYU, she holds a Masters degree in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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