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Two Book Give Away--Contest Ends 10/15/09
Winner Announced: Kayla! See post below for full details!


Melissa Rose

What Do You Listen To When You Write?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Find This Book

My copy is dog-eared and water warped, and it is the one book in my library that I will not lend not to anyone. Sadly, I'd lend my new Bible (notice I did not say my marked up, cried on, held when I had a really bad nightmare and needed something to hold while I crawled back into bed, Bible. I said NEW) before I'd let this sucker go. I know, it looks dated but really it's not, the copy right's 2000. Whoa, well okay so it's a tad on the old side. Anyway, the title is The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes & Heroines Sixteen Master Archetypes and it's by Tami D Cowden, Caro LaFever, and Sue Viders.

Unlike other books on character development, this one dissects different well known characters from books and movies (Han Solo, Rhett Butler, Atticus Finch, Captain Bly, Indiana Jones) and reveals what kind of archetype they are, and their strengths and weaknesses. I'll clift note their dissection of---


on the positive side he's FEARLESS, EXCITING, CAPABLE
on the negative side he's UNRELIABLE, FOOL HEARTY, SELFISH

And they outline each trait in great detail and give film examples:

Michael Douglas character in Romancing the Stone
Peter Pan
Brendan Fraiser in The Mummy.

So your brain goes 'ohhh' because you've probably seen one of their examples. But the really amazing thing is that they then show you what other archetypes the SWASHBUCKLER works best with, and against! And they also show you how to LAYER these archetypes so that you have what is known in the publishing industry as an EVOLVING character rather than a static one!

I can't emphasis enough how amazing this book is for anyone who is struggling with building dynamic characters or is terrified that they might have created a Mary Sue.

Here is the ISBN#: 9781580650243
Title : The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes & Heroines Sixteen Master Archetypes.
Author(s): Tami D Cowden, Caro LaFever, and Sue Viders.

The information on the SWASHBUCKLER was culled from pages 38-42 in The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes & Heroines Sixteen Master Archetypes.

Go find it. Libraries have it, used book stores have it, B&N has it, Borders, Books, and Music has it, Alibris has it. Find a way to get a copy of this book. Put it on your birthday list. Save your allowance. Budget your paycheck. Whatever you need to do, DO to get this book.

Scribe says so, that's why. ;)


Millardthemk said...

I like barlow girl as well. Though some of their music doesn't have a very strong message for Christ. It's lots better than alot of others! Good for you! Did ya ever check out the puddle duck racer boat? When does the contest bok give away end? :D So is there a way to "improve" my chances to give them to a friend? Not "bribe" :P JK but let me know :P

everlastingscribe said...

I haven't had time to check out the puddle duck racer boats yet :-D but I will. The contest book give away for the two books together ends October 12th.

The contest I will be starting this week some time will run to October 14th because it's starting later than the first. But I still need time to review all the entries, pray, and pick a winner.

:-D so hang in there Millard!

Seth said...

Hey, I couldn't find your email so I decided to post here about inviting you to Tribe building, if you want to:

Dear Reader,

Tribe leader, Seth Reid, extends his hand to you in a gesture of inviting you formally to join his tribe, Swiftstorm, he would much enjoy your acquaintance in this noble quest,

Yours Truly,

Seth Reid.

Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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