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The Writer's Journey *****

No 1 in my list of essential books for writers is by Christopher Vogler. For a content summary and appraisal, see my forthcoming blog on "The Hero's Journey." For now, let me just say that no book has informed and influenced my storytelling more than this one. Whether you are writing a nonfiction (auto)biography/memoir, or a fictional story, you have to know about the twelve stages of the hero's journey. Hollywood filmmakers have been relying on this deep structure since Vogler presented it to them two decades ago. It is a guide, not a formula, open to creative subversion not just to nuanced imitation. A must-read for all of us.