The Compass of Character: Creating Complex Motivation for Compelling Characters in Fiction, Film, and TV

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Price
$19.99  $18.39
Publisher
Writer's Digest Books
Publish Date
Pages
288
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781440300868

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About the Author

David Corbett is the award-winning author of the writing guides The Art of Character ("A writer's bible" - Elizabeth Brundage) and The Compass of Character. He has published six novels, including The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery, and scheduled for re-release in Spring 2020 by Suspense Press. His short fiction has been selected twice for Best American Mystery Stories, and his non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Bright Ideas, and Writer's Digest, where he is a contributing editor. He has taught at the UCLA Writer's Program, Litreactor, and at writing conferences across North America and Mexico, and is a monthly contributor to Writer Unboxed, an award-winning blog dedicated to the craft and business of fiction.

Reviews

"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 clichΓ©s, 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