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This week I’m working on my story structure as I
finish the last chapter and begin (again) my second edit. This is frickin’ exhausting! However, with every edit I find gaping holes, weird phrases that if anyone asked I’d swear I didn’t write, and elements of my story that simply don’t resonate with the theme. I need to cut 80 pages, so this edit is a real slash and burn. I plan to have a polished (whatever that really means) draft to start querying agents by February. There, I’ve said, well written it; now I have to do it. Anyway, I’m adhering to basic story structure;
· Ordinary world – Priest at the prison.
· Call to adventure – Fight with Toreck
· Refusal of the call – Priest not wanting to load his gun.
· Meeting with mentor – Meeting with Solomon.
· Crossing over the threshold – Loading the .38
· Friends, Tests and Allies – The rape of Imogene
· Approaching the inner most cave – Killing Hansel
· The innermost cave – Juyeong
· Seizing the reward – Returning to Korea
(Excerpted from The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler)
Check out his one page primer to the book. http://orias.berkeley.edu/hero/JourneyStages.pdf
For a refresher on the Hero’s Journey outline – click here.
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