For other emerging writers out there that need to placate themselves about the 'way' they are doing things, Mr. Leonard offers up his approach to characters and craft (that at least jived with the way I write).
Mr. Hauge's theory on Identity vs Essence really sparked a torrent of ideas on me - and now I want to know more.
Unfortunately, 2 of the 3 hours (seem to be) all Mr. Vogler and his application of the Hero's Journey. But once you 'know' about the Hero's Journey, I don't find there's much more here to gain.
Not sure the price is right however. But take it from me, Michael Hauge is where it's at if you want to write screenplays or novels.
I've read them all - oh my god, I've read them all - and Mr. Stein's book (accompanied by the easy sounding Mr. Lane) is the best of them.
/don't even bother trying to torrent it, the WHOLE thing is not out there. I know.
If you are a fan of the authors, you'll have a great time hanging out with them ('cept Mr. Wambaugh, he doesn't say much) for an hour.
Their banter is better than most stand-up.
But if you're like me, looking for some insight into the craft of detective fiction, there's little here to take away.
Should be 99 cents.
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