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The Virgin's Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual, and Sexual Awakening [Kindle Edition]

Kim Hudson , Christopher Vogler

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The Virgin’s Promise demystifies the complexities of archetypes and clearly outlines the steps of a Virgin’s Journey to realize her dream. Audiences need to see more than brave, selfsacrificing Heroes. They need to see Virgins who bring their talents and selffulfilling joys to life.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic resource for all writers 24. Mai 2012
Von Baron Von Cool - Veröffentlicht auf
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Much like The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) I had a hard time getting into The Heroine's Journey. I found both books dry and overly academic. All I really wanted was the information distilled into an easy-to-read, easy-to-learn format to help me write stronger screenplays and novels. Chris Vogler's The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition did that with Campbell's theory, but did not cover feminine journeys. I'd had a taste of that in the only previous book that covered both, 45 Master Characters, Revised Edition: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters, but that author didn't give as much detail as I wanted (since half the book was focused on character archetypes). It was a good start, but then I discovered The Virgin's Promise.

This book covers all the Jungian archetypes much better (and faster) than 45 Master Characters and goes into step-by-step detail on each phase of the feminine heroic journey, including several possible variations for each. And it gives plenty of movie examples, including a section showing how closely the selected films follow the journey's steps.

There are lots of helpful at-a-glance tables comparing and contrasting the failed and successful masculine and feminine journeys and archetypes and worksheets for you to create your own.

One piece of advice that really stuck out to me as solid gold (backed-up by relevant movie examples), was that you can repeat some of the steps in the journey and/or only do half-steps to create more suspense and stronger arcs. You can also play with the order of the steps or even omit some altogether to achieve certain effects (like amnesia as in The Bourne Identity). I don't recall Vogler telling me this in The Writer's Journey. It's liberating, empowering, and encourages an anti-dogmatic approach to applying this or any other story structure template.

Another exciting piece of advice is that whether the main character is male or female (and regardless of sexual orientation), they can take the feminine journey or the masculine journey or even both at the same time. Or, you can have the male and female leads (or an important supporting cast member like a best friend/ally/sidekick) each take their respective journeys but in a way that complements each other and creates for a stronger bond/arc/climax.

As an added bonus, the phases of the Hero's Journey are all fleshed-out in much the same detail (including variations and when there can be cross-overs with the Virgin's journey, such as substituting the Mentor archetype for the Crone, as both serve a similar function but do so in different ways). And then a bunch of example movies and how they fit the heroic Journey are given. Really helpful.

I loved the author's style. It wasn't boring and academic, just smart and enthusiastic. Definitely fun to read and learn, especially when you suddenly notice how well your own life fits into the journey, which is the same sort of thrill I had reading The Writer's Journey. Even though as a man, I hadn't seen a lot of the "chick flicks" being referenced, I still "got" it thanks to the careful way the author ties the plot details to the journey. It all made sense and I had no problem getting a handle on how and why the feminine journey differs from the masculine one. Being familiar with the heroic journey espoused by Campbell and Vogler certainly helped, but is not required to grasp the material here, especially since a lot of it is repeated in the middle of this book.

The Virgin's Promise will definitely help you write stronger, better, and more believable female characters and stories. It's essential reading for any guys wanting to write about women or introspective male journeys.

This book gets five stars!

Although I think this is overall a much better, more fun, and more focused book than 45 Master Characters, that doesn't mean there isn't good info in that book, too. For example, 45 Master Characters has super-helpful cheat sheets that compare the feminine vs. masculine journeys at a glance, character worksheets, etc. Although the phases of the journey are a bit different between the two books (45 MC has 9 phases, Virgin's P has 13), they're close enough that you can still make good use of the feminine journey stuff in 45 Master Characters.

Two other super-fun, helpful books that provide story structure templates for novelists and screenwriters are Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need and My Story Can Beat Up Your Story: Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay from Opening Hook to Knockout Punch. Both are great and offer unique advice, although they would be even more awesome if someone found a way to combine the two systems and apply them to both the masculine and feminine heroic journey structures. Regardless of which structure you use, or whether you mix and match and experiment between them, you will learn some incredible advice from these two books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent edition to my collection 8. September 2012
Von David - Veröffentlicht auf
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I picked this book up because I was working on a story, but it did not fit within the "hero's journey" structure, and I was looking for some fresh ideas. This book is a rare find, and I am very thankful to have run into it. I highly recommend it to anyone who writes, be it screen plays or novels. It is a valuable addition to my personal collection of books that have ideas on story structure.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Compelling, Truthful, Powerful Alternative to the Masculine Archetype Hero's Journey 9. Juli 2012
Von E. Madison Cawein - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've been working on a medieval fantasy romance novel and recently came to the conclusion that I have TWO protagonists, the male and female lovers, naturally. Their romantic journeys begin when they meet, and each of them has a unique perspective and emotional experience of how their deepening intimacy affects them and their place in the world. Up to now, I had focused mainly on the Hero's Journey, but felt that my Female character needed - in fact, DESERVED - to be better represented. To my great excitement, I found The Virgin's Promise which offered EXACTLY what I was seeking. I discovered that my Female protagonist had already embarked on the quintessential Virgin's Journey - from obedience and passive acceptance of the Ordinary World to an awakening (meeting and falling in love with the Hero) which urges her to explore new possibilities for love and joy in her life. By falling in love with the Hero, she finds that she can no longer remain obedient to the patriarchal authorities in her life who have planned her future in great detail. Her passionate attraction and subsequent love affair and sexual awakening throw "the Kingdom" into chaos! She begins to transform into a sensual, free-spirited, fully expressive young woman, which means, of course, that she can never return to the repressive, tyrannical patriarchal society that would imprison her spirit and deny her unfolding. In order to be true to the woman she is becoming and to honor her love and fully express her joy and creativity, the "Kingdom" must either be destroyed or transformed. Her promise unfolds parallel to the journey of the Hero, who learns and grows from the transformative experience of their love. Rather than offering his Lover a "false rescue" by sweeping her away to Fairyland where they live happily ever after, he recognizes that he must CHANGE THE WORLD for her. He matures from an idealistic young warrior who refuses to compromise with the "Powers That Be" to a Lover who now wishes to reshape the "kingdom" into a place that is capable of nurturing and sustaining not only his Lover, but also their divine union.

The Virgin's Promise has given me the missing ingredients that have helped me to "revision" my story into one that is deeply satisfying to me as a writer, and I hope, will make it a story that others will want to read.

Oh, and another amazing thing happened as a result of reading this wonderful book: My daughter and I recognized exactly where she has been stuck on her own Virgin's
Journey! It has given her a "road map" to help her navigate her life in a fulfilling way rather than remaining stuck in an endless self-defeating drama. Kudos to Kim Hudson for writing an inspirational and important book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great guide 16. September 2010
Von E. Slate - Veröffentlicht auf
The Virgin's Promise is a beautiful contribution to the screenwriting how-tos. With its emphasis on the feminine spirit in characters (both male and female) Kim Hudson has given writers a great and overdue gift of a creative paradigm, one that is emotionally truthful and sensitively written. It's a truly inspirational book which is simple yet profound. Using a wonderful range of examples from well known films,
Hudson illustrates the beats of the journey, and the archetypes, which Virgins frequently encounter on their path to transformation. If your main character is trapped, oppressed, or out of touch with their true potential, this guide will help you shape his/her journey to light!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Counterpart to Hero's Journey 4. November 2011
Von T. Tang - Veröffentlicht auf
I met Kim Hudson at the Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles and was immediately taken with her presentation on the narrative structure of the Virgin's Journey. Everyone in the room was nodding in agreement as she spoke, wondering why no one had ever outlined the Virgin's Journey before. An amazing book for screenwriters and writers alike, The Virgin's Promise is an essential tool for anyone looking to develop their own writing and also makes a great companion piece to Campbell's The Hero's Journey. I look forward to more of Ms. Hudson's work.
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