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The Compass of Character

by David Corbett

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    $39.15
PUBLISHED: 19th November 2019
ISBN: 9781440300868
ANNOTATION:
Just as a compass provides direction for an explorer, so does motivation provide direction for characters in fiction. The "compass" of character motivation is composed of four points: Lack, Yearning, Resistance, and Desire.
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  • Paperback
    $39.15
PUBLISHED: 19th November 2019
ISBN: 9781440300868
ANNOTATION:
Just as a compass provides direction for an explorer, so does motivation provide direction for characters in fiction. The "compass" of character motivation is composed of four points: Lack, Yearning, Resistance, and Desire.

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Just as a compass provides direction for an explorer, so does motivation provide direction for characters in fiction. The "compass" of character motivation is composed of four points: Lack, Yearning, Resistance, and Desire.

Publisher Description

he Compass of Character is the perfect one-stop bookshelf reference for writing and developing characters with complex motivation in fiction, film, and TV for both beginners and more accomplished writers. Just as a compass provides direction for an explorer, so does motivation provide direction for characters in fiction. The "compass" of character motivation is composed of four points: Lack, Yearning, Resistance, and Desire. In The Compass of Character you'll learn to deeply consider the key question "What does my character want?" and learn techniques to answer that question by writing realistic and empathetic characters without falling into formulaic, unsatisfying results that only diminish the character. Bestselling author and acclaimed writing instructor David Corbett provides writers with the essentials for building characters with motivations that range from clear to complex by exploring topics such as: human yearning pathological maneuvers the pain of life vs. the promise of life backstory and behaviour mechanics of growth and transformation dramatising mistaken desire and misbegotten yearnings moral arguments The key to fascinating characters is rendering subtle inner states in straightforward external circumstances, which requires a fundamental understanding of the simple building blocks of complex motivation as they manifest themselves in behaviour, where complexity of purpose collides with the messy, indifferent world. The Compass of Character is the one book that can guide writers to that end with both instruction and inspiration. AUTHOR: A former private investigator in San Francisco, David Corbett is the New York Times bestselling author of six critically acclaimed novels, numerous stories and scripts, and the acclaimed writing guide, The Art of Character. He is a respected and widely admired teacher and editor, with a specific emphasis on character. He is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest magazine and a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed, a daily blog on the craft and business of fiction. He teaches at writing conferences across North America and Mexico, including the Writer's Digest Novel Writing conference, and he teaches 3-4 classes per year at Litreactor (Chuck Palahniuk's online university). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Writer Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, MovieMaker, Noir City, Bright Ideas, Crimespree, Mystery Scene, Narrative, Zyzzyva, and We Wanted to be Writers.

Author Biography

David Corbett (Vallejo, CA) is the author of six novels and the writing guide The Art of Character. He is a sought after writing instructor, a contributor to Writer Unboxed, and contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Davidcorbett.com

Review

"A compass points four ways and so does Corbett, adroitly reconciling the complex interplay of forces in every character's life so that writers can create true depth on the page. His exercises make that complexity doable, and the examples he provides are remarkably incisive. If you want to know what makes made-up characters feel 100% real, let The Compass of Character be your guide. David Corbett is the grand master of character development." --Donald Maass, author of The Emotional Craft of Fiction "With a deft hand, David takes us past writing cliches, charting a new course forward into developing resonant characters in film and print today. His insights have the potential to revolutionize the way writers understand the characters they develop. If you're serious about your storytelling, don't miss The Compass of Character." --Steven James, bestselling author of Story Trumps Structure

"You won't find a more thoughtful, more human approach to crafting characters than David Corbett's. Whether you're looking to add nuance and depth to your cast, or to heighten an arc with authentically high stakes, The Compass of Character will point you steadily north." --Jessica Strawser, bestselling author of Not That I Could Tell

"One of the best teachers today. Innovative, pragmatic and applicable. I read David Corbett before writing each novel." --Robert Dugoni, international bestselling author of The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

"Corbett takes the obtuse, the dense, the high falutin, and he boils it down to practical advice. Every storyteller is trying to find lucid ways to unpack narrative construction, and he's done it flawlessly here. Corbett is a craft ninja." --Joshua Mohr, best-selling author of Sirens

Long Description

Just as a compass provides direction for an explorer, so does motivation provide direction for characters in fiction. The "compass" of character motivation is composed of four points: Lack, Yearning, Resistance, and Desire. In The Compass of Character you'll learn to deeply consider the key question "What does my character want?" and learn techniques to answer that question by writing realistic and empathetic characters without falling into formulaic, unsatisfying results that only diminish the character. Bestselling author and acclaimed writing instructor David Corbett provides writers with the essentials for building characters with motivations that range from clear to complex by exploring topics such as: human yearning pathological maneuvers the pain of life vs. the promise of life backstory and behavior mechanics of growth and transformation dramatizing mistaken desire and misbegotten yearnings moral arguments The key to fascinating characters is rendering subtle inner states in straightforward external circumstances, which requires a fundamental understanding of the simple building blocks of complex motivation as they manifest themselves in behavior, where complexity of purpose collides with the messy, indifferent world. The Compass of Character is the one book that can guide writers to that end with both instruction and inspiration.

Product Details

Author
David Corbett
Pages
288
Publisher
F&W Publications Inc
Year
2019
ISBN-10
1440300860
ISBN-13
9781440300868
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
Creating Complex Motivation for Compelling Characters in Fiction, Film, and TV
Country of Publication
United States
Short Title
The Compass of Character
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade
UK Release Date
2019-11-19
Publication Date
2019-11-19
AU Release Date
2019-11-19
NZ Release Date
2019-11-19
US Release Date
2019-11-19