Last thing watched: Burn Notice
What’s playing on the iPod right now: See Me Beautiful by Sister Hazel
I just received two loaners from Kitty, one of my crit gals, and I simply must share this. The first is a DVD of Michael Hauge’s “Screenwriting” workshop (for those interested, he’s visiting Sydney and Melbourne in June to do his Art of the Romantic Comedy seminar – details here). The other is an audio CD called The Hero’s Two Journeys with Michael Hauge and Chris Vogler. While I haven’t listened yet, there’s two accompanying diagrams that I found really valuable. The first is:
The Hero’s Inner Journey – Chris Vogler
- Limited awareness of problem (Ordinary World)
- Increased awareness of the need to change (Call to Adventure)
- Fear, resistance to change (Refusal of the Call)
- Overcoming fear (Meeting the Mentor)
- Committing to change (Crossing the Threshold)
- Experimenting (Tests, Allies, Enemies)
- Preparing for major change (Approach to the Cave)
- Big change (Ordeal, Death and Rebirth)
- Accepting consequences (Reward, Seizing the Sword)
- Rededication (the Road Back)
- Final attempt(s) (Resurrection)
- Mastery (Return with the Elixir)
I’ve put the accompanying stages of the outer journey in brackets so you can see where/when they occur.
The next is Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure. While I’d love to reproduce the diagram for you, I’ll let him show you via the article on his website. Print it out. Use it. It’s brilliant, especially for the more detailed plotting required in longer books (I’ve been using it for my in-progress off-world/erotic urban fantasy hybrid which I fiddle about with on my down days :grin:)
You can get ahold of these via The Book Depository (free shipping!!) or direct from the author’s site here. (For those of you who insist on feeding the terrible corporate behemoth that is Amazon, go here for the 2003 edition, here for the ’04 edition).
Okay, that’s enough food for thought for today! Later this week, I’ll share the basic outline of my story so far.