Writing Bookshelf

A selection of recommended books on Writing. These are some of the books I’ve found particularly helpful over the years. There are longer reviews attached via links, and more to come…

Christopher Booker – The Seven Basic Plots

The Seven Basic Plots

This fantastic and fascinating book provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old question of whether there are only a small number of ‘basic stories’ in the world. Using a wealth of examples from ancient myths and folk tales, to plays and novels, to popular movies and TV soap operas, Christopher Booker shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. These are: Overcoming the Monster; Rags to Riches; The Quest; Voyage and Return; Comedy; Tragedy; and Rebirth. On the surface these stories seem different, but…

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