My very first nonfiction book is out in the world! Although, I should add it is very much OF this world.
Nonfiction is, I must say, a greta deal more nerve wracking than fiction. You support is much appreciated and I really hope that if you’re intersted in why you enjoy my books and other comforting books like them, you’ll give The Heroine’s Journey a try.
The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers and Fans of Pop Culture offers up an alternate model of story telling to the Hero’s Journey that applies to books, TV, movies, and much more. I designed this book to give you a foundation, history, and guided step-by-step process to understanding the Heroine’s Journey. It will train your eye to spot it, but also how to write it, or fix your story with it. Also it explains why it’s so critically disenfranchised.
Anyway, the content laid out inside this book so that you can skip around to whatever part is most relevant you and your desires. But it’s also a fun read cover-to-cover.
So as it’s already an informative book, what extras could I offer? Here’s what I came up with:
- Check out the table of contents and read the introduction?
- Here’s the post where I talk all about coming up with the cover, why I chose the elements I chose, why yellow, and how it’s different from designing a fiction cover. (Designed By Starla did the cover.)
- Citations & References
- Here’s my Heroine’s Journey Pinterest board with lots of fun mythological graphics.
- Shelley Bates of Moonshell Books did the copy editing (plus multiple beta readers). But I should say that she specializes in historical genre fiction, not nonfic.
- The book is formatted for both electronic and print using Vellum. I’m particularly proud of the print edition’s formatting. It’s very slick.
- By popular request I did some schematic graphic thingies!
Here is a sample of the Heroine’s Journey audiobook:
I don’t often recommend specific pop culture in conjunction with this book (because I think part of the fun is learning how to identify the heroine’s journey yourself in the wild), but I have to mention K-drama “W.” I LOST MY MIND over this show because it’s a hero character on a hero’s journey who becomes self aware, decides he wants a happy ending, and tries to become a heroine on a heroine’s journey instead. But the hero’s journey narrative keeps trying to self correct for this. It’s flipping brilliant!
The plot is difficult to describe but the concept is genius. Basically the hero of an online web comic series realizes he is a fictional character and doesn’t want the inevitable fate that’s in store for him, so he tries desperately to move into either the real world, or a different narrative arc, or both. A real world woman falls in love with him and tries to help.
Once you know this, and all about the two different journeys, this series is SO MUCH FUN. It basically becomes a dialogue between the inevitability of a fictional journey plus how to satisfy reader expectations if the POV character is sentient and wants to change the narrative beats of his own fate. Very meta. Highly recommended it’s on Rakutan’s (AKA Kobo) video platform Viki.
“The first book on writing structure that’s ever truly resonated for me and made sense of the way my favorite stories work. I’ve thought back to this book so many times since reading it, and I know I’ll be reading it again!”
~ Stephanie Burgis, Author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart
“A lot of educators are going to be very interested in this. The heroine’s journey narrative structure aligns with positive parenting and the anti-bullying programs’ goals and techniques. Their preferred stories emphasize team building and non violent conflict resolution. Understanding that this is a long standing historical and culturally relevant narrative structure will help them find more stories that resonate with their programs, and help defend the programs from more patriarchal critics. ”
~ Janis Wright
“Okay, look…I’m not sure how you can just rewire my brain to see the heorine’s jouney like this and then expect me to make coherent, thought-out comments about the text when all I want to do is hold it in my twisted little grip while I shove it at people screaming like a madman and pointing at passages, but I guess that’s what I’m going to do. ”
~ Author Beta Reader
“I knew that my stories didn’t neatly fit the mold of the Hero’s Journey, but it wasn’t until I read this excellent resource on the Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger that I finally understood why. Now I understand not only how to reliably write in this form, but also how to better position my stories for readers and agents. ”
~ Ethan Freckleton, Author & Host of The Fearless Storyteller podcast
“The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger is a game changer for genre fiction. Using dozens of examples from books and movies, Ms Carriger carefully and convincingly divides these into two distinct story camps based on the character arc of their protagonists: the lone wolf and the team player.”
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The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture
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