Today’s Writing Tip

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Be familiar with the archetypal “Hero’s Journey”. It resonates with humanity and has been a literary vehicle for millennia. This pattern was identified by Joseph Campbell as a Monomyth in his book, “The Hero With A Thousand Faces.” This was later adapted by Christopher Vogler as the Twelve Stage Hero’s Journey.  The number of stages vary, usually between eight and twelve. Just Google it and you’ll find multiple references, including several different illustrations. As a writer, it’s something with which you should be familiar. Classic examples include “Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars.”

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  1. Hero’s Journey is probably the most poorly written writer’s advice book I’ve ever read, but it also gave the best plotting advice. As I understand it, the book’s roots were in a memo Vogler wrote to Disney’s screenwriters after he did an analysis of successful movie plots.

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