I know I just blogged about this book on Monday ( "45 Master Characters - Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters" written by Victoria Lynn Schmidt) but I'm so impressed with it that I thought it was worth another mention!
I hate to admit this but up until a day or two ago I thought that I had a very strong vision of "who" the main character was in the book I'm writing. However, after reading the first several chapters of "45 Master Characters" I realized that I do still have a bit more work to do in developing my main character as well as a couple other ones in my draft.
To give you an idea of the topics that are covered, here is the table of contents:
- Getting Started
- What Are Archetypes, and Why Should Writers Use Them?
- How to Use Archetypes
- Creating Female Heroes and Villains
- Aphrodite: The Seductive Muse and the Femme Fatale
- Artemis: The Amazon and the Gorgon
- Athena: The Father's Daughter and the Backstabber
- Demeter: The Nurturer and the Over Controlling Mother
- Hera: The Matriarch and the Scorned Woman
- Hestia: The Mystic and the Betrayer
- Introduction to Supporting Characters
- The Feminine and Masculine Journeys
- Introduction to Archetypal Journeys
- Plotting the Feminine Journey
- Plotting the Masculine Journey
- The Feminine Journey Worksheet
- The Masculine Journey Worksheet
- Journey Differences
- Societal/Gender Differences