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am 25. Juni 2000
If you've struggled with other versions of the Hero's Journey and found them too obscure, too formulaic, or too screen-oriented, James N. Frey's The Key may be just what you are looking for. Frey goes back to the structure and study of mythology and concentrates on characters and their interactions rather than plot structure, an approach much better suited to novelists. He also gives examples from a wide variety of novels and films, and demonstrates his points with a novel outline (which I'll buy if he ever gets around to writing it). He shows you how to develop character bios based on mythic patterns and includes several examples of journal entries written in character voice ("show, don't tell" is a rule more writing teachers should apply to their own writing!). You don't need to have read Frey's "How to Write a Damn Good Novel" series to appreciate this book, but once you've read it you will probably want to add those two volumes to your collection as well. The Key is an excellent and accessible book which I intend to recommend to my writing buddies.
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am 16. Mai 2000
In countless interviews George Lucas told us how he used the power of myth to create his masterpiece, "Starwars." So why was "Phantom Menace" no more satisfying than a spectacular videogame? After you read "The Key," you'll know the answer. Mythic storytelling requires more than throwing archetypes and classic plot elements onto the page. Mr. Frey shows us how to tap into the deepest human emotions using a structure that has been with us since before the written word. He shows us how to look at our own writing and decide where the various aspects of myth might make our story stronger. Walking us through the development of a myth-based novel, Mr. Frey "auditions" characters, steps, and complications. Some work and are incorportated into his story, some don't work and are tossed. This is an extension of techniques he outlined in his two previous "how to" books, but here the process is even more accessable. "The Key" is not the first book on fiction and the hero's journey, but it's the best I've read. In "The Key" we learn to use the hero's journey as a tool, not a formula. I've already ordered copies of "The Key" for my writer friends, my teenagers, and their creative writing teachers. Perhaps if Mr. Lucas had read "The Key" we would have seen him at the Academy Awards this year.
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am 1. Mai 2008
This guide helps you identify ingredients (plot and character) which might help link your story to the reader's expectations. Very well written, with instructive examples, and with a helpful checklist in the end. The ingredients mentioned and explained in this book can flesh out any kind of story, so they are very flexible to use.
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am 23. Juni 2000
Of all the writing resources available, there used to be one that I said no writer could be without -- Make Your Words Work by Gary Provost. Now I have to revise that. For fiction writers particularly, now that are two books not to be without. The Key is a must.
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