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Monday, September 21, 2009

Day 12: Mapping Out Writing Time: The Hero's Journey

Here's a video of Christopher Vogler, creator of The Writer's Journey for screenwriters, describing The Hero's Journey for the movie, The Matrix. Watch this video for a quick synopsis of The Hero's Journey.


Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Watch this video carefully and map out The Hero's Journey for your protagonist. If you dare, write a scene/chapter based on one of these steps:

1. ORDINARY WORLD
2. CALL TO ADVENTURE
3. RELUCTANCE or REFUSAL OF THE CALL
4. MENTOR
5. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD
6. TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES
7. APPROACH THE INNER CAVE
8. ORDEAL
9. REWARD
10. THE ROAD BACK
11. RESURRECTION
12. RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR

6 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks for posting this, Vivian! I just dug this book out last week to re-read.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Omigosh, Vivian, that is an awesome video! Thank you for posting it!

Ms. Bookish said...

This is so timely for me! I don't have The Writer's Journey but it looks like I should add it to my book shelves.

sheila said...

I like that bit at the end:"The hero has to bring back something to share with everybody else or it's a total waste of time."

What would Neo say?

FrecklesandDeb said...

I posted about your blog at my Writer Sites blog today. I've been lurking here for awhile and have enjoyed reading your posts.
Deb Cushman

Vivian said...

Thanks so much, Deb. I'll stop by and say hello.

Sheila, Good question. What would Neo say? He's just so fun to look at.

Ms. Bookish, I think you'll like this journey.

Sherrie, Glad you liked the video. It is helpful, isn't it?

PJ, Thank you for introducing this to me so long ago! Love this.