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Book Review: The Writer’s Journey – Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Ed.

August 3, 2011

Released Nov. 2007

Page count: 407 pages

Size: 6” x 9”

The Writer’s Journey – Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Ed.

Chris Vogler

Published By Michael Wiese Publications

http://www.mwp.com/

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The Writer’s Journey Book Review By Erin V.

In 2007 an updated, revised, and quite a bit longer 3rd ed. of the already popular book The Writer’s Journey was released.  This past month Memo From The Story Department – a new book co-written by Chris Vogler & David McKenna – came out, so I’ve decided to post a review of this one to coincide with the review of that title.

The Writer’s Journey is frequently recommended reading for writers.  I found it to be a very good read, giving lots to think about.  Some say that reading too much about structure hinders creativity, but I consider that it is how you use it.  Structure, like in anything, can be useful to provide coherency and relatability to a story – how original that story is, is up to you.  Writing a story is like being an architect – there’s nothing wrong with using a planned structure that you know is sound, but that doesn’t limit your artistic freedom in modifying it to fit your creative needs.  Besides, this book doesn’t feel so much like its telling you how to write your story, but rather relating common threads of stories that have come before.

Combining concepts drawn from the works of Joseph Campbell, and Carl Jung, Vogler adds his own ideas into this guide for writers.  Near the end of the book we also get a profile of five films, (Titanic, The Lion King, Pulp Fiction, The Full Monty, and Star Wars), and how the concepts we just read about worked in them.  With an interesting perspective, I would recommend checking this one out – it is long, but a worth while read.

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To find out more about Memo From The Story Department, or other books, visit MWP’s website here.  

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