The Heros Journey: Part 3 Crossing the First Threshold

*** At some point, our adventuring hero must leave familiar lands and continue onward towards their goal. They might even be armed with supernatural aid and feeling indestructible. But before they venture too far a threshold guardian must be faced. The guardian will sometimes join the adventure if the hero wins. This is the lastContinue reading “The Heros Journey: Part 3 Crossing the First Threshold”

Hero’s Journey Part 2: Supernatural Aid

Our hero might be reluctant, but he is committed to his quest and soon after starting out will encounter, as Joseph Campbell pictured it, a wizened man or women, but I argue it could be anyone or anything. Willow had the brownies. Bilbo met, strangely enough, Golem. This meeting will present the hero with oneContinue reading “Hero’s Journey Part 2: Supernatural Aid”

15 December 2017 Writing prompt: Abomination

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Shakespeare Today, let’s write a scene in which a character, who has been doing something completely “normal,” is confronted by an inconceivable Abomination. Abominations are a mockery of reality. They break all the rules. They comeContinue reading “15 December 2017 Writing prompt: Abomination”

Dec 8thWriting Prompt: Unsafe Place

Let’s write a scene that describes a character interacting with an unsafe place in a city, like a harbor or port. “Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” –Ben Kenobi Think horrible places inhabited by sailors and criminals, shady merchants, run down taverns,Continue reading “Dec 8thWriting Prompt: Unsafe Place”

1 Dec Writing Challenge: Hamartia

Aristotle called it Hamartia, meaning to miss the mark or too err. It’s the part of a story when a central character’s tragic flaw that distracts from an initial intention and drives the plot toward a different end. Your mission is to write a scene in which a character’s tragic flaw exerts itself on theContinue reading “1 Dec Writing Challenge: Hamartia”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Adventure

The Write Room’s weekly writing challenge: In 500 words (or so) use this image, Adventure by HazPainting and attempt to write a complete flash story. Post your story in the comments below for all to enjoy. Or if your story goes over the 500-word limit post a google doc link. I will post a new imageContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Adventure”