The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, I've read essays by Joseph Campell and I've hit so many websites talking about the structure that I feel like I've been on the journey myself.
Well of course I have, we all have. We've all had to overcome adversity, found love, lost love, battled our demons, taken a leap of faith and all the other aspects of Campell's monomyth theory. We do it in our personal lives and careers. We do it in our examination of ourselves when growing up, and if your'e over thirty, re-growing up.
There is on thing about The Hero's Journey I could never really come to grips with however. It always felt too rigid to me. This may be the cause of it falling out of fashion in recent years. Though Hollywood still seems addicted to it. Well if it worked for everything from Star Wars to Harry Potter who can blame them?
|I pull this lever, my jet-pack will takes me home.|
So how will I cope? Where will with this retraining structure take me?
Well these question have not only kept me awake but also forced me to abandon this novel several times. Then one sleepless night I had an epiphany. I look back now and realise it was simply an awaking to what everybody else already knew. Maybe I was so blocked in my anguish and fear of failing at yet another novel that it held back free thinking. But I reached the answer just in time.
I can continue with this template and adapt it. "What, did I hear that right?" Yes you did. I said I'm using a version of the Hero's Journey. I'm not adhering to the strict structure. If something needs adapting or changing to suit the story then I'll do that. I like the arc the Hero's Journey offers. I like the way it forces us to think about the characters and their personal arc too. But maybe I want things to be more organic while retaining that rainbow of the journey.
Coincidentally, or through synchronicity, I had a stab at writing a two page screenplay for a short film competition. While looking for tips to refresh me on the art I came across this Powerpoint presentation on Big Spaceship on how to write a screenplay that utilises the Hero's Journey, while expanding it for the good of the story.
It was exactly what I needed to read. I hope you like it too.