Christopher Vogler – The Writers Journey

This week we have been given the task to research into Vogler’s book, ‘The Writer’s Journey’. My team have been given four chapters in total to read. We will be presenting on these chapters, so research is another must.

The chapters we have been given are:

The Threshold Guardian

Character represents our obstacles in everyday life, this could be emotional scars, dependancies and self-limitations that hold back our growth and progress. The heres challenge is to overcome this barrier.

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The Herald

This can be something or someone who kicks off the story. Without this intervention, the story cannot move forward, therefore lacking in excitement and interest.  Critical to the story, the herald can come in the form of a dream, a message, a phone call, the loss of something etc…

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The Shapeshifter

This character brings mystery, doubt and suspense to the story. We are not sure of their true form or identity. Could present themselves in one way and then at a later time shift to another persona/image. The shapeshifter is important of the psychological growth of the character.


The Shadow

This character represents psychoses, thus threatening to destroy the hero. Opponent to the hero, puts them in life-threatening situations. Basically the bad guy of the story whom we all can relate to in ways.


Vogler writes extensively on the heroes journey. He was heavily inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell who wrote about the relations between mythology and the human experience. Campbell’s book ‘The hero with a Thousand Faces’ discusses the archetypal hero who is found in most stories. Vogler’s work greatly coincides with Campbell’s but differs in that his has been simplified down for a more “modern” audience.



Vogler, C. (2007). The writer’s journey. 1st ed. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.

Campbell, J. (1972). The hero with a thousand faces. 1st ed. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. (2017). Untitled Document. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Feb. 2017].

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