- Dragon World Update: I’ve been diligently restructuring my first draft and have completed Stage 2 of my storyboard. For those of you that follow the Hero’s Journey, this stage involves the hero’s first steps into the Special World and ends with the Main Goal for the story revealed. To get to this point, I’ve had to define the magic of my Special World (it is fantasy after all) and nail down what it is exactly that my main character has to do and why. How did I get so far along on my first draft without this seemingly vital information you ask? Well, when your characters are hiking through the woods and sharing stories of lore around the campfire, you know that she has to stop the “big bad” and you have ideas about mythic weapons but you haven’t had to mesh them together into a plan of action. Now, I need to develop some monsters and tests of character for her to face as she begins learning her fighting and magic wielding skills, so she (and the story) can move forward.
- What I obsessed over this week: Archetypes! From mythological to Jungian, and from Campbell to Tarot, I’ve been obsessing over archetypes. Let’s just say it was about character development. But if I’m honest with myself, it was all about procrastinating. I’ll share a cool website I found in my “Inter-webs” bullet below, but on my Tarot archetypes leg I found this fairy tale story-generating idea using Tarot cards. It’s so inspiring to me, it might turn into a short story over the weekend. Time to dust of a set of cards and have some fun.
- My favorite dream interpretation this week:
1. A relationship or some other sort of situation is not what it seems. Try to see it as it really is. Other symbols in the dream may reveal the truth and/or shed light on what you should do.
2. Hot, delicious coffee implies surprising good news on the way, but if the coffee was bitter, it symbolizes disappointment in a friendship.
3. If you were grinding the coffee, success in love and domestic happiness are on the way.
4. Spilled coffee implies setbacks.
- My favorite Abraham quote this week:
“Rest seems like a nice contrast to overwhelment, but enthusiasm is always chosen over rest. The only thing that ever makes you tired or bogs you down is resistance.” —Abraham
To learn more about Abraham (channeled by Esther Hicks), the Law of Attraction, or to sign up for Abraham’s daily quote visit: http://www.abraham-hicks.com/lawofattractionsource/index.php
- My favorite writing prompt this week:
“Ever since he left she’d been falling apart. It took nearly half an hour each morning to find her foot.”
- My favorite writing quote this week:
“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.” –Stephen King
- My favorite from the inter-webs: So, back to archetypes… I found this website while I was on the Tarot leg of my archetype-obsession bender. It’s very well laid out with their own “brand” of archetypes that feel a bit Jungian with a few adaptations and additions. There is fun stuff here like an archetype quiz that you can take to see which top three archetypes make up your personality. (If you’re curious, mine is 49% Creative, 29% Caregiving, 29% Spiritual.) But, if you want to tie it into character development, you could do a little method acting and take the quiz on behalf of one of your characters. If you’re interested in the archetypes of Tarot, myth, astrology, movies and more, their search feature will get you there. Or, you can check out the blogs related to the archetype of your choice. Lot’s of interesting stuff here…
Check it out at: http://www.archetypes.com/