Inciting incident, three-act structure, motivation, conflict, plot twists, secondary characters . . . you name it. These things are just some of the elements of an interesting story. Those words, “let me tell you a story” usually are the gateway to truly listening. Any student in a class would rather be subjected to an interesting story than only dry facts.
One resource that became an eye opener for me was The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. At one time Hollywood story analyst and now a literary consultant, he distilled the ideas in mythologist, Joseph Campbell’s, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, into a fascinating read for screenwriters and novelists alike. It is based on Campbell’s observation that in myths and fairy tales, the hero’s journey follows the same pattern. Used in films and stories this pattern creates a satisfying story with a transformational character arc.
While The Writer’s Journey has been around for over 20 years, it’s still a wonderful resource for writers and would-be novelists. You can find more detailed information on Christopher Vogler’s website.
This week I’m on a bit of a break, so we have Writing, Whimsy and Devotion light version!
Hop on over to Celtic Voices for a post about St. Patrick and to Karla Akins' blog for a peek at vintage St. Patrick’s Day post cards! A belated happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!