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Writer’s Digest Q&A Interview
Savvy Author’s Interview
Writer’s Clinic Interview
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“Ms. Schmidt discusses the difference between a stereotype and an archetype. She talks a bit about individualizing characters using aspects of appearance, what the characters care about and fear, motivations, how others see the character, and so on. When providing examples of each archetype she deliberately provides a wide spectrum of possibilities so that you can see some of the variations that are possible.
The archetypes are quite detailed. Each has both a positive and a negative side. The author includes all sorts of information about the archetypes, from things they tend to care about, to which other archetypes they pair well with, and what their assets and flaws tend to be. Then Ms. Schmidt does more in the list of examples to break the stereotype worry than she does anywhere else. She includes examples from TV, film, literature, and history, so no matter what your reading or viewing pleasure, you should find something you can relate to. Oddly, while the character archetypes are what sell the book, they turned out not to be the main attraction for me. There’s a great section on supporting characters, for example. But best of all, roughly a full 95 pages of the book cover the feminine and masculine archetypal journeys. This is where things really take off and catch at the imagination. All in all, this book is interesting, useful, and well-detailed. If your characterizations could use a little help, this might be a fun place to start!”
Reader Evelyn F.R. – “Story Structure Architect saved my career!!! I can not tell you enough how impressed I was with this book!!!! This book changed my life!! I was working on a few books at the time and I was feeling rather overwhelmed; my story was flopping in the middle, it just didn’t seem to be going aywhere! I basically gave up and didn’t plan to finish at all when I saw this book and thought, “Well, maybe this is the motivation I need.” After the first few pages I was on a roll!! I worked and worked into the wee hours of the morning and had my entire story, from start to finish, planned out in a very satisfactory manner!!! This book saved my writing career!! THANKS SO MUCH!!
“Fleshing out your characters can often block you from moving your story forward. “45 Master Characters” uses mythical models who all carry character traits common in today’s fiction writing.Each section details mythical heroes and villains. After identifying personality assets and flaws, each hero and heroine is placed into TV, film, literary and historical examples of popular figures.For example, Apollo is called part businessman, part traitor. At the end of the chapter, Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) in Pretty Woman, Macon Leary in The Accidental Tourist and others are put into “real” character examples we can all understand. Even tips on how to develop such characters are included. An over-controlling mother may hurt others for her own good. A recluse may be afraid of his emotions. A seducer may become a stalker if rejected.In the back of the book, a brief feminine and masculine journey worksheet will help you develop deeper characters that matter to your readers.From Captain Spock to Alex P. Keaton, Cleopatra to Kelly Bundy, all of the genuine traits that make us all unique will have you breaking through characterization road blocks.
Writers of all experience levels will find “45 Master Characters” to be a very handy reference. The information within is so interesting you could easily read it from cover to cover. But it’s also broken up into easy to scan sections so you can find the personality traits you need to generate a realistic hero, heroine or supporting character.”
Reviewed by Auggie Moore – The Frustrated Writer.com
‘”The backbone, the very foundation of a story, is its plot. In Story Structure Architect, Victoria Lynn Schmidt explores plotting, character development, and scene construction. She shows how writing fiction is similar to constructing a building. First you need a blueprint, then you build the basic structure, and then fill in all the ‘holes’.
Schmidt shows how by using any one of eleven ‘master’ plot structures you can adroitly craft a dynamic novel or other work of fiction. Before delving into the master plot structures, Schmidt provides guidance in drafting (mapping out) your basic story plan. In addition she provides an overview of the various genres, the five basic dramatic thoughtlines (will your hero succeed or fail), and six fundamental forms of conflict that you can use to move your story forward. She then explores the eleven master structures and provides examples of their use. This is follewed by a detailed discussion of the fifty-five dramatic situations that recur in fiction. She illustrates how to decide which situations are best suited for your story, and how to incorporate them into your story. Finally, Schmidt concludes this informative book with guidance on the types of research you will need to flesh out your story.
Throughout this text, Schmidt has included lists of questions that not only make you think about the material under discussion, but which also help you to internalize and assimilate the information. More important, these questions will help you decide what aspects of the book you want to use in your own work, and how best to incorporate the information learned into your own writing. In addition, she has also included a plethora of examples that greatly enhance and illustrate the various topics covered in the text.
Story Structure Architect is one of the best books that I’ve come across on the fundamentals of plotting. This is not a ‘how to write a novel’ book. Rather, it is a guidebook that teaches you how to map out your story. From this architectural plan, you can then move onto the actual task of writing your novel. Schmidt also provides a wealth of information and insights on both western and non-western plot structures, and the fundamentals of how to create forceful and memorable characters. Best of all, this book will help you to craft vibrant scenes that will enliven your story and propel it toward its ending. I highly recommend this book to writers of every ilk, from novelist and screenwriters to short fiction writers and even to nonfiction writers who will find Schmidt’s insights into mapping out a project to be invaluable. In short, this is an indispensable reference book on plotting.”
Reader A. Smitley – “I just bought this book recently and devoured all of its contents from beginning to end in one long sitting. UNLIKE so many other books that claim to help a writer flesh out their novel and then only give vague refrences as to character and plot, this book just about details step-by-step how one can go about doing it. Another reviewer commented that the print in the book is ‘too small’ and that it is very hard to read – NO. It has the same print size of any paperback novel.
This is a very well written book that explains the information within so well that it is hard not to understand it. Not only is there a great amount of detail to what is stated inside but there are numerous examples to follow and guide the reader.
In my opinion: buy it. I’m glad I did.”