I got a copy of "The Writer's Journey" because it was recommended to me by my brother. (Also an aspiring author) I really had a hard time believing all of the good things that he said about this book.
They were ALL true. The author expresses basic ideas that I have been searching to express in ways that I can use to further my own writing. Finally I have found a handbook that really is worth my time and money and which I can honestly recommend to others.
It's basis is a description of archtypes and their uses as well as the cycle of a story line in general. What this leads to is some idea of how to lay out a story. Not in rigid terms but rather a starting place so that each author does not have to re-invent the wheel as they write. Beyond that the book provides a language which can be used coherently by authors and aspiring authors which is easy to understand. This aids the speed with which an aspiring author can write coherent stories.
"The Writer's Journey" is easy to read and work with, it is set up in sections and chapters that make sense and which are easy to refer to later. In addition it relates each chapter to movies which many people have seen and which are easy to find. Then for the final it again takes a couple of movies and examines how each of them used the items discussed throughout the entire book.
If I only had one or two books that I could use as references for writing fiction this would be one of them.
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