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The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler
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Jun 18, 2010

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Read from June 01 to 18, 2010

I'll start out with the negatives:
-Vogler is overly arrogant about his own accomplishments. The entire introduction of the book is essentially a narrative testimony of how famous and well-traveled he is.
-Most of the contents of this book are concepts I learned long ago in theatre classes. Readers who have a background in storytelling of any sort may find most of the author's advice self-evident.
-The analysis is useful, but not revelatory

These things aside, this book is a good resource to have at your side while writing. The way it divides stories up systematically makes it easy for anyone reaching a roadblock to open up to a page and consider, structurally, how to overcome it. Having written a novel draft a couple years ago, this book got my wheels turning again about things I might like to do differently in the next draft, or devices I could use to enrich the current plotline. If you're serious about writing, this book is worth a read.
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