Yes, I’m talking about the Hero’s Journey. What else is new?
And jotting down story notes in my planner again. All is right with the world.
October 23, 2013
I am back to the rewrites and they’re going well. Thanks to
- The middle of the night heart pounding thing happened, like I knew it would. I managed to skip the Vodka shot this time.
- I went to my monthly LERA (Land of Enchantment Romance Authors) meeting and the guest speaker was UNM screenwriting instructor Matt McDuffie. He. Was. Fabulous.
McDuffie does not believe in plot. (My hero.) He believes in a story about a character who wants something.
What do I want? To get this book published. That means BICHOK, baby. (Butt In Chair, Hands on Keyboard. A little tidbit I learned at the RWA13 conference.)
Towards the end of his talk about breaking down the structure of a story, McDuffie touched on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, and my heart pit-a-patted a little faster than it already had been.
12 Steps of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey (aka My Lifeline to Story Plotting)
- Ordinary World
- Call to Adventure
- Refusal of the Call
- Meeting with the Mentor
- Crossing of the Threshold
- Tests, Allies, Enemies
- Approach to the Innermost Cave
- The Ordeal
- The Boon or the Reward
- The Road Back
- The Resurrection
- Return with the Elixir
I could not wait to get back to my novel. I plowed through the ordeal and made it to the end of the shorter road back. Now I am at the new resurrection, a brand new scene that I am excited to have found a use for and am having a lot of fun writing.
“I read something because I want to know what it’s like to be alive.” —Matt McDuffie.