The Mythic Guide to Characters

This is more than a book on how to write characters. This guide offers a practical, step-by-step approach to character creation that is sure to take your writing to the next level.

Author: Antonio Del Drago


ISBN: 0615752314

Category: Characters and characteristics in literature

Page: 180

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How do you create characters who are so compelling that they hook readers from the start? As a professor, writer, and philosopher, Dr. Antonio del Drago has immersed himself in the literary and mythological traditions of the world. His search for answers led him to uncover the common elements behind all great myths and stories. Applying this knowledge to the writing of characters, he has developed a layered approach to character creation. In this guide, you will discover: The secret to writing multidimensional characters How to develop your character's unconscious motivations Four ways in which characters interact with their worlds Five formative relationships that shape your character Nine mythic archetypes and how to use them The difference between proactive and reactive protagonists Ways to define a character through dialogue and physicality The guide also includes a detailed worksheet that walks you through the stages of character development. This is more than a book on how to write characters. This guide offers a practical, step-by-step approach to character creation that is sure to take your writing to the next level.

Creating Unforgettable Characters

A Practical Guide to Character Development in Films, TV Series, Advertisements, Novels & Short Stories Linda Seger. Mythic characters tend to have certain ...

Author: Linda Seger

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429942027

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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In this book, Linda Seger shows how to create strong, multidimensional characters in fiction, covering everything from research to character block. Interviews with today's top writers complete this essential volume.

First Book Finally Finished

... Villains - Sacha Black The Mythic Guide to Characters - Antonio del Drago Writer's Guide to Character Traits - Dr. Linda N. Edelstein Creating Character ...

Author: Kate Krake

Publisher: Krakenfire Media


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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You’ve always wanted to write a novel “one day.” This is the book that makes that dream a reality. Whether you’re yet to write a word, or whether you’ve started a dozen novels and never finished one, First Book Finally Finished is the book you need to take you from the first sparks of ideas, all the way through to publication of your first book. This book will teach you: The blocks that have been holding you back from writing your novel. Important mindset shifts every writer needs to make to find success. How to find ideas. How to turn ideas into stories. How to structure a novel. How to edit a novel. How to publish a novel. Stop saying “One Day.” Today is the day you become a real writer. Get First Book Finally Finished now and start living your dream.

Writing Prompts for Powerful Plots

... Villains - Sacha Black The Mythic Guide to Characters - Antonio del Drago Writer's Guide to Character Traits - Dr. Linda N. Edelstein Creating Character ...

Author: Kate Krake

Publisher: Krakenfire Media


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 156

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REVISED 2021 EDITION CONTAINS ALL NEW CONTENT PLUS 500+ BONUS WRITING PROMPTS! This is the book that changes the way you use writing prompts forever. Writing Prompts for Powerful Plots guides you through a simple, yet innovative way to use writing prompts to craft powerful fiction. In one comprehensive book, this writing strategy covers: • Why writing with writing prompts is a powerful way to boost your creativity. • How to define your creative self in order to write better, write faster, and finish more stories. • How to use genre to direct your story and improve your writing skills. • How to choose the right writing prompts. • How to brainstorm for maximum creative effect. • Why taking a break is crucial for the creative process. • How to choose the right focus characters. • How many characters to develop, and how to get your ensemble in tune for your story. • How to develop a character arc to create a powerful plot. • How to identify the best beginning. • How to layer a middle. • How to write a satisfying ending. If you're serious about writing fiction, get Writing Prompts for Powerful Plots now and get ready to write better, write faster and write something amazing.​

The Readers Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction Third Edition

Traditionally, female characters are usually either fallen women who turn out ... Betrayal and the consequent settling of scores fit easily into the mythic ...

Author: Neal Wyatt

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 9780838917817

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

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Everyone’s favorite guide to fiction that’s thrilling, mysterious, suspenseful, thought-provoking, romantic, and just plain fun is back—and better than ever in this completely revamped and revised edition. A must for every readers’ advisory desk, this resource is also a useful tool for collection development librarians and students in LIS programs. Inside, RA experts Wyatt and Saricks cover genres such as Psychological Suspense, Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Literary and Historical Fiction, and introduce the concepts of Adrenaline and Relationship Fiction; include everything advisors need to get up to speed on a genre, including its appeal characteristics, key authors, sure bets, and trends; demonstrate how genres overlap and connect, plus suggestions for guiding readers among genres; and tie genre fiction to the whole collection, including nonfiction, audiobooks, graphic novels, film and TV, poetry, and games. Both insightful and comprehensive, this matchless guidebook will help librarians become familiar with many different fiction genres, especially those they do not regularly read, and aid library staff in connecting readers to books they’re sure to love.

The Guide to United States Popular Culture

“ When I go to a meeting , ” Nixon quoted Alinsky , “ I make a Just as soap's stories are mythic , its characters are point of not bringing out the baby ...

Author: William Labov

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 0879728213

Category: Social Science

Page: 1010

View: 438


"To understand the history and spirit of America, one must know its wars, its laws, and its presidents. To really understand it, however, one must also know its cheeseburgers, its love songs, and its lawn ornaments. The long-awaited Guide to the United States Popular Culture provides a single-volume guide to the landscape of everyday life in the United States. Scholars, students, and researchers will find in it a valuable tool with which to fill in the gaps left by traditional history. All American readers will find in it, one entry at a time, the story of their lives."--Robert Thompson, President, Popular Culture Association. "At long last popular culture may indeed be given its due within the humanities with the publication of The Guide to United States Popular Culture. With its nearly 1600 entries, it promises to be the most comprehensive single-volume source of information about popular culture. The range of subjects and diversity of opinions represented will make this an almost indispensable resource for humanities and popular culture scholars and enthusiasts alike."--Timothy E. Scheurer, President, American Culture Association "The popular culture of the United States is as free-wheeling and complex as the society it animates. To understand it, one needs assistance. Now that explanatory road map is provided in this Guide which charts the movements and people involved and provides a light at the end of the rainbow of dreams and expectations."--Marshall W. Fishwick, Past President, Popular Culture Association Features of The Guide to United States Popular Culture: 1,010 pages 1,600 entries 500 contributors Alphabetic entries Entries range from general topics (golf, film) to specific individuals, items, and events Articles are supplemented by bibliographies and cross references Comprehensive index

The Elements of Subtitles Revised and Expanded Edition A Practical Guide to the Art of Dialogue Character Context Tone and Style in Subtitling

Find the Redemption The characters that move us seek redemption. Think of Rick's reclamation in Casablanca, Darth Vader's in the Star Wars Trilogy and ...

Author: D. Bannon


ISBN: 9780557355594

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 189

View: 900


Good subtitles don't just transfer words from one language to another. They are as funny, scary, witty and compelling as the original. The Elements of Subtitles is a practical guide on how to get subtitling right. Translators working from any language into English will learn how to write vibrant dialogue, develop character profiles, find dramatic and comic equivalents, use dialect and slang, avoid common mistakes and understand tone, style and context in film. Filled with examples from screenplays across the globe, this is an indispensable reference on the nuts and bolts of creating accurate and exciting subtitles. Since its publication, The Elements of Subtitles has become a primary resource for film translation. Fully updated in a revised and expanded edition, "The Elements of Subtitles is a must for anyone who wants to get into the world of translation," (Midwest Book Review) and "The definitive guide for all working subtitle translators." (Tom Larsen, YA Entertainment)

The Actor s Guide to Creating a Character

... plays brim with father/son embroilments and mythic figures from the American West. ... is the premise we 2 lo THE Acto R's GUIDE to CREATING A CHARACTER.

Author: William Esper

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780345805690

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character. Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper’s second-year course, again through the experiences of a fictional class. Esper’s training builds on Sanford Meisner’s legendary exercises, a world-renowned technique that Esper further developed through his long association with Meisner and the decades he has spent training a host of distinguished actors. His approach is flexible enough to apply to any role, helping actors to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

45 Master Characters Revised Edition

Great heroes and villains are necessary to bring any story to life; let this guide help you create characters that stand the test of time.

Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1599635348

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 917


Create unforgettable characters your readers will love! Want to make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex, and original than ever before? 45 Master Characters is here to help you explore the most common male and female archetypes--the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate. Explore a wide variety of character profiles including heroes, villains, and supporting characters. Learn how to use archetypes as foundations for your own unique characters Examine the mythic journeys of heroes and heroines--the progression of events upon which each archetype's character arc develops--and learn how to use them to enhance your story. Complete with examples culled from literature, television, and film, 45 Master Characters illustrates just how memorable and effective these archetypes can be--from "Gladiators" and "Kings" like Rocky Balboa and Captain Ahab to "Amazons" and "Maidens" like Wonder Woman and Guinevere. Great heroes and villains are necessary to bring any story to life; let this guide help you create characters that stand the test of time.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Classical Mythology

Television series about mythic characters such as Hercules—pressed to turn out a new adventure every week—cannot rely solely on the stories from classical ...

Author: Kevin Osborn

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101191460

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

View: 464


You're no idiot, of course. You can find Greece on a map, know that Kevin Sorbo stars as Hercules on TV, and have heard of Freud's Oedipus theory. But when it comes to classical mythology, you feel like you've been foiled by the gods. Don't curse Zeus yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Classical Mythology has all you need for a working knowledge of the timeless world of Greek and Roman myths.

The Waking the Dead Study Guide Expanded Edition

The Bible is filled with characters . . . Abraham is a character; so is his wife, Sarah. King David is a character. The disciples of Jesus are all ...

Author: John Eldredge

Publisher: HarperChristian Resources

ISBN: 9780310084808

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 972


Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” That’s the offer of Christianity, from God himself. Jesus touched people, and they changed: the blind had sight, the lame walked, the deaf heard, the dead were raised. To be touched by God, in other words, is to be restored, to be made all God means us to be. That is what Christianity promises to do?make us whole, set us free, and bring us fully alive. In this revised and updated study guide, bestselling author John Eldredge takes you deeper into the secret of finding that life, identifying the battle over your heart, and embracing all God has in store for you. Packed with questions, stories, and discussion topics, this study guide features: The Big Ideas: The eye-opening central truths of each chapter Mythic Parables: Classic stories from Scripture as well as fairy tales, old and new Heart Monitors: Barometers for evaluating your feelings, struggles, and passions Leader’s Guide: A new leader’s guide to help you guide groups through the material No matter what you’ve known so far, an abundant and glorious new life is waiting for you—if you open the eyes of your heart and see.

A Guide to Rock Art Sites

... so would have resulted in the witnessing or reexperiencing of mythic events . ... be “ illustrations ” of myths , possibly depicting mythic characters .

Author: David S. Whitley

Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing

ISBN: 087842332X

Category: Art

Page: 218

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This unique full-color field guide is essential for anyone who seeks to understand why shamans in the Far West created rock art and what they sought to depict. Whitley is on the cutting edge of dating and interpreting the images as well as describing the

Study Guide to The Major Plays of Eugene O Neill

The woman, Abbie, is the very land itself; she embraces the lives of each one of the characters in the play. The religious attitudes presented in the play ...

Author: Intelligent Education

Publisher: Influence Publishers

ISBN: 9781645424451

Category: Study Aids

Page: 134

View: 734


A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by Eugene O’Neill, an American playwright and recipient of four Pulitzer Prizes. Titles in this study guide include Anna Christie, The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, Ah, Wilderness!, The Iceman Cometh, and A Touch of the Poet. As a writer of the twentieth century, O'Neill was the first American playwright to win the Nobel Prize. Moreover, his plays delve into the concept of man versus nature, giving the reader an intimate look into the mind of one of America’s greatest playwrights. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Eugene O’Neill’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.

Guide to African Cinema

With Yeelen there is little doubt of the mythic context of the film or its magic. ... in this modern setting where local characters are given mythic names.

Author: Sharon A. Russell

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313296219

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 183

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An A-Z listing of directors, films, actors, and actresses in African cinema, including French and English films.

The Mythic Imagination

... and a glimpse of the inner guide who helps us find our way (the subject of the next chapter). This chapter introduces the concept of inner characters.

Author: Stephen Larsen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781620550939

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 432

View: 248


Mythology is the universal tongue of human imagination. As a tool for self-discovery, mythology is also a way of gaining access to the secrets of the psyche. The Mythic Imagination is a quest for the ancient source of vision and meaning in the world of dream, myth, and archetype. In the footsteps of Joseph Campbell, Stephen Larsen guides the reader on a journey through the mythic landscape of the psyche. His insight is that all of us, at one time or another, are engaged in creating personal mythologies that reflect the larger myths of the culture and our own deepest desires and aspirations. This book is a guide for bringing the deeper mythic structures of experience into awareness, for learning to recognize the archetypal content embedded in our dreams and daydreams, feelings, beliefs, relationships, conscious creations, and behavior. Student and authorized biographer of Joseph Campbell, Larsen teaches us how to bring myth into our lives. Reissue of the Bantam bestseller.

A Study Guide for Sarah Ruhl s The Clean House

single character, as in Aristotle's philosophy. While Ruhl rejects the classical shape of plot for a more mythic kind of storytelling that is magic and ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410392831

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 21

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A Study Guide for Sarah Ruhl's "The Clean House", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama for Students for all of your research needs.

A guide to Roman history

PART I. THE MYTHIC OR REGAL PERIOD . PAGE 1 I. - Aborigines of Italy . ... Celebrated characters 28-30 IV . - 2 . NUMA POMPILIUS 31-35 His institutions .

Author: Ebenezer Cobham Brewer


ISBN: OXFORD:600023025



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Guide To Greek Theatre And Drama

... by locating it within an acceptable tragic-mythic matrix, linking the dramatist, the comic character and the mythic king in order to get a hearing for ...

Author: Kenneth McLeish

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408149867

Category: Study Aids

Page: 320

View: 737


A new and definitive guide to the theatre of the ancient world The Guide to Greek Theatre and Drama is a meticulously researched and accessible survey into the place and purpose of theatre in Ancient Greece. It provides a comprehensive author-by-author examination of the surviving plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, as well as giving an insight into how and where the plays were performed, who acted them out, and who watched them. It includes a fascinating discussion of the function of the essential characteristics of Greek drama, including verse, rhetoric, music, comedy, and chorus. Above all it offers a fascinating viewpoint onto the everyday values of the ancient Greeks; values with a continuing influence over the theatre of the present day.

The Movie Guide

What makes TO SIR , WITH LOVE such an enjoyable film is the mythic nature of Poitier's character . He manages to come across as a real person , while ...

Author: James Monaco

Publisher: Perigee Trade

ISBN: STANFORD:36105000440987

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 1099

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From The Big Sleep to Babette's Feast, from Lawrence of Arabia to Drugstore Cowboy, The Movie Guide offers the inside word on 3,500 of the best motion pictures ever made. James Monaco is the president and founder of BASELINE, the world's leading supplier of information to the film and television industries. Among his previous books are The Encyclopedia of Film, American Film Now, and How to Read a Film.