>In Other Words, I’m Clueless At This Point
I’ve had all week to think of something to write, and again I managed to not come up with a thing. For some reason Blogging is harder for me than actual creating. Yeah that’s right pontificating isn’t that easy for me because I wind up being long-winded, when I want to be concise and to the point like Cathy or thoughtful and filled with facts like Natalie or funny, lovely and gracious like Mac.
Well folks, that ain’t happen with this chica. I am who I am and that’s okay I think given I happen to like being with me. *grin* So what to talk about today or rather tonight! Since I’ve finally gotten home from job, shopping and dinner. The night for writing is almost gone. I’d like to pick up a bit of the thread that Mac had going yesterday.
In her blog, Mac asked where our ideas come from. Clearly it seems that we all have similar influences on our muses. With that set, I thought I’d share a little bit of what I’ve learned from the Bill Moyers interview with Joseph Campbell in The Power of the Myth. Campbell, btw is the guy Chris Vogler borrowed from for his Mythic Structure for Writers. I had Vogler’s book, but it never really came through to me so I gave it away. Campbell’s words on the other hand make everything seem so crystal clear!
School’s IN This Summer!
I was in class last night as I watched the episode called The Hero’s Adventure. This adventure is directly linked to the adventurer’s (H/H) inner conflict. According to Campbell, a hero or heroine is defined by having found, done or achieved something beyond the normal range of their experience. They’re defined as giving their life for someone or something bigger than themselves. The giving of their life means death. Now this can actually be a physical death, say someone on the Titanic giving up their seat in a lifeboat for another. It can also mean a death in the sense of change.
Once this death has occurred, the H/H is then resurrected into something different from what they were. This means a transformation of consciousness. It’s where one thinks this way and then is compelled to think in a completely different way. It’s growth. Something that every character does in a great book.
The adventure to achieve this transformation generally involves moving from one’s safety zone to confront the dragon. The dragon is whatever fear or issue the adventurer holds inside them (inner conflict). There are one of two possible outcomes in this adventure. 1) the H/H will descend into the darkness and be cut to pieces by the dragon until their resurrected, or 2) the H/H will slay the dragon, and then assimilate the dragon’s power through a physical or symbolic act.
I found this extremely enlightening as I’ve been confronting my own dragons of late, and I’m beginning to slay them one-by-one. I’ll be attending class more over the weekend, and I’ll take more notes and see what evolves next week!
So what are your thoughts about these little tidbits of information I’ve just displayed?