As I think about my author’s journey there are many books that I have read about the craft of writing. But there are three that stand out.
The Writer’s Journey, 2nd Edition by Christopher Vogler.
I believe this book to be essential regardless of the type of writing that you do because it explains the process so well. Vogler uses movies that most of us have seen as examples, an immediate visual reference. (Star Wars, Titanic, The Lion King, Pulp Fiction and more.) Within its pages you will discover how to map the journey, utilizing myth, story and psychology. You will learn how to diagnose the story to solve problems and how to proceed in your developing story idea.
In the next chapter you will read about archetypes, from the Hero and Villain to the Mentor and Trickster and more and their roles in the journey of your story. Specifically, seven character types.
Next, Vogler details the stages of the journey, a more detailed explanation and finally looking back on the journey. He gives examples of models that you can use to craft the story, delayed crisis is one and character arch is included plus more. In addition, he will give you specific exercises that you can do to really learn how these techniques work to analyze books and movies and to apply to your writing. All in all a book you will refer to time and again as you write.
The 3rd edition, The Writers Journey, Mythic Structure is now available at amazon.com