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NaNoWriMo – 2016

I completely missed the beginning of NaNoWriMo this year. I mean, I know when November 1 happened – it appeared on my calendar. But I forgot it was NaNoWriMo. Not that I intended to participate this year; I knew how crazy this month would be and knew I would have no time. But to everyone… Continue reading NaNoWriMo – 2016

General · Writing

What is a writing beat?

I mean, in writing a short story or a novel. What is a beat? I first heard the phrase on Writing Excuses, and I have since heard it in a few other places.  Even though Writing Excuses was where I first heard this term, I don’t think they actually define it in any podcast. Anyway,… Continue reading What is a writing beat?

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The Belly of the Whale: The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Chapter 1.5

The Belly of the Whale The hero has heard the Call to Adventure, accepted it (the hero may have rejected it first) and has also gotten through the First Threshold. Now our brave hero is in the Belly of the Whale. Chapter 1.1 was about the Call to Adventure. Chapter 1.2 was about Refusal of… Continue reading The Belly of the Whale: The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Chapter 1.5

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The Crossing of the First Threshold: The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Chapter 1.4

The Crossing of the First Threshold At this point in the Hero’s Journey, the hero has accepted the Call to Adventure and is on his way. The hero has perhaps acquired some Supernatural Aid. Chapter 1.1 was about the Call to Adventure. Chapter 1.2 was about Refusal of the Call to Adventure. Chapter 1.3 was… Continue reading The Crossing of the First Threshold: The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Chapter 1.4

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Chapter 1.2: Refusal of the Call

Chapter one was about the Call to Adventure. Chapter two is about what happens when the hero refuses the Call. The book says this: Refusal of the summons converts the adventure into its negative. Walled in boredom, hard work, “culture,” the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be… Continue reading The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Chapter 1.2: Refusal of the Call

flash friday · Writing

Friday Flash: Unexpected Homecoming

Wrote this quick! I think it worked out. He stumbled down the stairs. Shelia was here, Shelia was here, his beautiful baby girl. She wore a long white dress, but stared down at the cherry wood of the steps. The top of her head was bare. He slowed down when he noted a silver chain… Continue reading Friday Flash: Unexpected Homecoming

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Chapter 1.1

The first chapter is entitled: The Call to Adventure It says: This first stage of the mythological journey – which we have designated the “call to adventure” – signifies that destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his spiritual center of gravity from within the pale of his society to a zone unknown. This fateful… Continue reading The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Chapter 1.1