Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
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If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for new resources or creative ways to approach the craft of writing or to stay up on the latest in publishing. We can use all the help we can get!
- The other day I came across a different approach to thinking about writing fiction on an audio CD, The Hero’s 2 Journeys, which is a taping of writing workshops presented by Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler. Here is how Amazon describes the CD’s premise:
MAKE YOUR STORY THE BEST IT CAN BE – ON 2 LEVELS
Hear each superstar teacher present his unique approach to . . .
A)The OUTER JOURNEY, the essential structural principles driving every successful plot. Each brings years of practical experience and extensive research to 1) Story Structure, 2) Character Arc and 3) How to Give Your Story Greater Commercial Appeal. Full of specific examples.
B)The INNER JOURNEY, the deeper storyline that makes a story truly great. HAUGE’S VIEW: The Hero moves from hiding within a protective identity to experiencing his or her true essence. VOGLER’S VIEW: The Hero’s inner need is invisible at first, but is revealed to the Hero by the end of the story.
Sometimes those who develop these paradigms to help writers to think about their stories overstate how the concept works for all manner of writing (which I think kind of happens here), but nonetheless, the ideas presented are stimulating.
- Looking for organizational ideas? Check out this blog.
- Hesitating to dip in and try something new online? Seth Godin has a thought-provoking perspective on that.
Now it’s your turn to share.
What craft book have you discovered lately that has your creative juices flowing?
What writerly technique has worked for you to craft a better book? (Reading aloud, starting your novel in the middle to jumpstart the storyline, etc.)
What little organizational discovery has brought some relief to your overstuffed writing life?
What tip has moved you to a new level with your marketing/publicity efforts?