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Friday, May 6, 2011

The Hero's Journey

One thing to keep in mind as we enter the writing life is that we are on a quest just as our protagonist or POV narrator embarks on a hero's journey. This can become a spiritual experience that enriches our lives. Our characters begin to speak to us once we are in the "zone" and then the synchonicity begins. We are informed by the characters we develop in fiction since these characters are bits and pieces of ourselves and everyone we've ever met. The deeper we dig to tell the "truth," the more we get in touch with not only our fictional characters but with ourselves.

This takes courage. Only the brave can put heart and soul onto paper and make others weep or rejoice. If writing a memoir, it takes an extraordinary amount of bravery.

The blessing of writing is it is a lifelong endeavor and learning process so it doesn't matter who you are or how old you are or where you live. As you write, you discover yourself and, in turn, develop and deepen your fictional characters.That's how universal truths emerge in good fiction.

So when we read about Christopher Vogler's writer's journey or Joseph Campbell's hero's journey, we must remember that we as writers are heroes on a journey, too. Our POV narrator or protagonist is changed, but we authors are changed as well.

Take a risk. Get started on your writing project today. Join us at Saturday Mornings Coffee & Critique in a friendly workshop environment that will inspire and enable you to continue even the most daunting journey. We're writers, too, and we've got your back during this sometimes grueling process.Together, we can accomplish anything.

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