Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

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NaNoWriMo crutch

Still haven't found my Ueland or Le Guin. I think the next think on my NaNo to-do list will be: clean off desk.

I did, however, unearth my copy of Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey. Vogler basically cribs Joeseph Campbell with an eye toward writing screenplays. He breaks the Hero's Journey myth into chunks that are a guide for structuring and/or improving a story.

I'm re-reading it with an eye toward my urban maybe-fantasy idea. Who is the Hero in this story? What is his quest? What is his favorite color?

But also, I'm going to see if feeding the story structure to Fred will help me work out a basic plot framework. One of the things I've noticed most often in my writing is that I come up with these fabulous characters who have, sadly, nothing to do. So I'm hoping that having a structure will give me a crutch to lean on for plot. When I find I can't get things moving, I can lean on the crutch for what the next part of the story is "supposed" to be. Hopefully I'll come up with a better idea, but, lacking one, I don't want to get mired in self-questioning, self-doubt, and self-criticism. (IAATH)

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