The udated and revised third edition provides new insights and observations from Vogler´s ongoing work on mythology´s influence on stories, movies, and man himself. The previous two editons of this book have sold over 180,000 units, making this book a ´classic´ for screenwriters, writers, and novelists.
Intended for aspiring writers, whether they want to write as a full time profession, or to supplement their existing income through writing. This guide helps you to decide what to write and how to sell it; and contains advice on ghostwriting, travel writing, fiction, short stories, television and radio scripts, newspaper and magazine journalism.
Beginning or completing any writing project can be highly daunting work. Faded with the often terrifying blank page, many writers find themselves frozen by indecision and doubt. Creativity Rules! addresses these anxieties -- and the whole writing process -- through an extensive series of engaging exercises that allow the writer to break down a project into a collection of not-so-daunting ´´tasks´´ that put the writer directly and quickly into the act of writing. Unlike many current books on the process of writing, Creativity Rules! transcends dry-as-dust formulas or off-in-the-ether philosophies. It´s a practical, witty and inviting kick in the pants that helps the writer approach a seemingly unconquerable project with a handy fistful of powerful, proven, nuts-and-bolts writing strategies that encourage creative flights of fancy. From assessing what the writer wishes to accomplish through conceiving, outlining and developing a story, Creativity Rules! provides sound, easily accessed tactics and exercises that are designed to make the act of writing both joyous and pain free.
Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose. In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot´s Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O´Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.
This book provides solid instruction for persons who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.
´´The Modern Library Writer´s Workshop´´ presents a treasure trove of useful advice, inspiring wisdom, and encouraging support for the beginning fiction writer by the former chair of the graduate writing program at Columbia University.