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Vogler, the Writer s Journey

Vogler, the Writer s Journey

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REVIEWS OF THE 1ST EDITION
“This book is like having the smartest person in the story meeting come home with you andwhisper what to do in your ear as you write a screenplay Insight for insight, step for step, ChrisVogler takes us through the process of connecting theme to story and making a script come
 
alive.”
 
—Lynda Obst, Producer,
 
Sleepless in Seattle, One Fine Day, Contact; Author of Hello, He Lied 
 
“ The Writer’s Journey
is an insightful and even inspirational guide to the craft of storytelling.An approach to structure that is fresh and contemporary, while respecting our roots inmythology’’
 
 
—Charles Russell,
 
Writer, Director, Producer,
 Dreamscape, The Mask, Eraser 
 
The Writer’s Journey
should be on anyone’s bookshelf who cares about the art of storytellingat the movies. Not just some theoretical tome filled with development cliches of the day, thisbook offers sound and practical advice on how to construct a story that works.”
 
—David Friendly, Producer,
 
 Daylight, Courage Under Fire, Out to Sea, My Girl
 
“A
classic of its kind full of insight and inspiration that every writer, both amateur andprofessional, must read.”
 
—Richard D. Zanuck, The Zanuck Company
 Driving Miss Daisy, Cocoon, The Verdict, Sting
 
“The basis for a great movie is a great screenplay, and the basis for a great screenplay shouldbe
The Writer’s Journey”
 
—Adam Fields,
 
 Money Train, Great Balls of Fire
 
“One of the most valuable tools in understanding and appreciating the structure of a plot that’s
 
available today.
The Writer’s Journey
is an essential tool to any writer at any stage of theircareer.”
 
—Debbie Macomber, Best-selling author,
 
42 million books in print, Author of 
 Montana
 
“A
valuable tool for any creative writer,
The Writer’s Journey
is consistently among our top-selling books each month. Christopher Vogler’s narrative helps writers construct well-developedcharacters that enrich their stories.”
 
—The Writer’s Computer Store
 
The Writer’s Journey
provides both fiction and nonfiction writers with powerful ools andguidelines to create remarkable stories. It is the best book of its kind.”
 
—John Tullius,
 
Director, Maui Writers Conference and Writer’s Retreat
 
This is a book about the stories we write, and perhaps more importantly, the itories we live. Itis the most influential work I have yet encountered on the art, lature, and the very purpose of storytelling.”
 
—Bruce Joel Rubin, Screenwriter
Ghost, Jacob’s Ladder 
 
‘This book should come with a warning: You’re going to learn about more han just writingmovies-you’re going to learn about life!
The Writer’s Journey
is :he perfect manual fordeveloping, pitching and writing stories with universal luman themes that will forever captivate a
 
global audience. It’s the secret veapon I hope every writer finds out about.”
 
—Jeff Arch, Screenwriter
Sleepless in Seattle
 
‘Vogler was the genius behind
The Writer’s Journey,
which should be on the shelf )f everyscreenwriter. Studies classical mythology and its use in moviemaking or stories.”
 
 
Fade In
Magazine 1996
 
(From Article “The Top 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know”)
 
The Katzenberg memo has joined the show-biz vernacular. But there’s mother, lesser-knownDisney memo whose influence arguably exceeded Catzenberg’s. This seven-page memo distills
 
myth-master Joseph Campbell’s torytelling theories into an algorithm for screenplays.”
 
 Los Angeles Times
Magazine, 1994
 
 
:
The current industry bible ...
 
Spy
Magazine, Holiday Issue, 1997
 
A. seven-page memo by Christopher Vogler is now the stuff of Hollywood egend.... The idea
 
of a “mythic structure” has been quickly accepted by iollywood, and Vogler’s book now gracesthe bookshelves of many studio leads.”
 
The London Times,
1994
 
THE WRITER’S
 
 JOURNEY 
 
 Mythic Structure
 
 for Writers
 
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2nd Edition
 
by
 
Christopher Vogler 
 
Published by Michael Wiese Productions, 11288 Ventura Blvd., Suite 821, Studio City, CA 91604,(818) 379-8799 Fax (818) 986-3408. E-mail: wiese@earthlink.net http://www.mwp.com
 
Cover design, photograph and illustrations by The Art Hotel Interior design and layout by GinaMansfield Index by Bruce Tracy, Ph.D. Gopyedited by Virginia lorio
 
Printed and Manufactured in the United States of America
 
Copyright 1998 by Christopher Vogler First Printing October 1998
 
 \11 rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any neans withoutpermission in writing from the author, except for the inclusion of Drief quotations in a review.
 
flie publisher plants two trees for every tree used in the manufacturing of this Dook. Printed onrecycled stock.
 
:SBN 0-941188-70-1
 
^ibrary of Congress Cataloging - in - Publication Data
 
 /ogler, Christopher, 1949-
 
The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers / Christopher Vogler. --2nded.
 
p. cm.
 
Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-941188-70-1
 
1. Motion picture authorship. 2. Narration (rhetoric) 3. Myth in literature. 4. Creative writing I.Title. PN1996.V641998
 
98-28591
 
808.2’3-DC21
 
CIP
 
For Mom and Dad 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
PREFACE
 
ix
 
INTRODUCTION: Preparing for the Journey
 
1
 
BOOK ONE: Mapping the Journey
 
A Practical Guide
 
9
 
The Archetypes
 
29
 
Hero
 
35
 
Mentor
 
47
 
 
Threshold Guardian
 
57
 
Herald
 
61
 
Shapeshifter
 
fi5
 
Shadow
 
71
 
Trirkster
 
77
 
BOOK TWO:
Stages
of the Journey
 
Ordinary World
 
81
 
Gall to Adventure
 
99
 
Refusal of the Gall
 
107
 
Meeting with the Ment<~>r
 
117
 
Grossing the First Threshold
 
127
 
Tests, Allies, F.nemies
 
135
 
Approach to the Inmost Gave
 
145
 
Ordeal
 
159
 
Reward (Seizing the Sword)
 
181
 
The Road Rack 
 
193
 
Resurrection
 
203
 
Return with the F.lixir
 
221
 
EPILOGUE: Looking Back on the Journey
 
237
APPENDICES
 
FILMOGRAPHY
 
301
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
302
 
HERO’S JOURNEY WORKSHEET
 
303
 
INDEX
 
304
 
vu
 
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION OF
THEWRITER’SJOURNEY 
 
“I’m not trying to copy Nature. I’m trying to find the principles she’s using”
 
 —
R. Buckminster Fuller
 
A book goes out like a wave rolling over the surface of the sea. Ideas radiate fromthe author’s mind and collide with other minds, triggering new waves that return tothe author. These generate further thoughts and emanations, and so it goes. Theconcepts described in
The Writer’s Journey
have radiated and are now echoing back interesting challenges and criticisms as well as sympathetic vibrations. This is myreport on the waves that have washed back over me from publication of the book, andon the new waves I send back in response.
 
In this book I described the set of concepts known as “The Hero’s Journey,” drawnfrom the depth psychology of Carl G.Jung and the mythic studies of JosephCampbell. I tried to relate those ideas to contemporary storytelling, hoping to create awriter’s guide to these valuable gifts from our innermost selves and our most distantpast. I came looking for the design principles of storytelling, but on the road I foundsomething more; a set of principles for living. I came to believe that the Hero’sJourney is nothing less than a handbook for life, a complete instruction manual in theart of being human.
 
The Hero’s Journey is not an invention, but an observation. It is a recognition of abeautiful design, a set of principles that govern the conduct of life and the world of 

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