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    DescriptionMyths, says James N. Frey, are the basis of all storytelling, and their structures and motifs are as powerful for contemporary writers as they were for Homer. In The Key, novelist and fiction-writing coach Frey applies his popular Damn Good approach to Joseph Campbell's insights into the universal structure of myths, providing a practical guide for fiction writers and screenwriters who want to shape their ideas into a powerful mythic story.

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    The Key
    How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James N Frey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    ISBN 13: 9780312300524
    ISBN 10: 0312300522

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    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    01 August 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    James N. Frey is the author of the internationally bestselling "How to Write a Damn Good Novel" and "How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II," as well as nine novels. He has taught and lectured on creative writing at several different schools and conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe.
    Review quote
    "You could struggle through learning the basics of storytelling by trial anbd error or you could just read this book. I wish I had this fifteen years ago."--Sara Pariott, screenwriter for "The Runaway Bride" "For me, the mythological approach has indeed been the key to creating stories that have a far greater impact on the reader than anything I'd written before."--Tess Collins, author of" The Law of Blood "and "The Law of Revenge" "This well-written and witty how-to [focuses] on the tradition of myth as a recipe for storytelling. Drawing from Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth", Frey explains that people respond strongly to mythic images and will essentially read the same stories over and over again; readers of romances are a good example of this concept. The first half of the book is especially interesting, for it examines the mythic structure in such diverse works as "Robin Hood", "Beowulf", and "Jaws" and looks at myths that function in everyday modern life. In the second half, Frey provides the reader with a sample novella titled 'The Blue Light' to illustrate the use of myth as a writing tool. Expect beginning writers to use this informative guide along with the author's other books."--"Library Journal" "Everything I know about plotting a novel, I learned from Frey."--Marjorie Reynolds, author of" The Starlite Drive-In"