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The Hero's Journey - On Story Structure

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In the past few posts I've discussed the themes and motifs that are prevalent in mythic stories. This time I want to discuss something even more fundamental, though inextricably linked - mythic structure. As mythologist, Joseph Campbell asserted, stories wear countless costumes yet there is a fundamental commonality between them. Over time the costumes of stories have changed and certainly in western culture, stories are presented in a more complicated way than they once were. Frequent jumping between scenes and characters, and the juggling of time elements in plots presupposes a sophisticated audience with highly developed decoding skills. However, according to Christopher Vogler in The Writer's Journey, the fundamental structure of stories hasn't changed. Though sometimes more difficult to identify, there is still a three-fold structure in story, as well as the basic components of change and conflict. No matter then, how sophisticated our storytelling has become there remains a basic structure to storytelling that can be traced right back to the earliest stories - and by implication, to blueprints of humanity's common psychology.


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Storyboarding - Not Just for Plotting Anymore with Joan Swan | Romance University

Storyboarding - Not Just for Plotting Anymore with Joan Swan | Romance University | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Storyboarding - Not Just for Plotting Anymore with Joan Swan - Joan Swan shows us some creative uses for the story board.
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Impossible Dreams

Many of us fantasize about the movies that never were — the projects that fell through or were consumed by Development Hell. Like David Cronenberg's versions of Total Recall and Return of the Jedi. But what would you give you could watch all the movies that never existed? In Tim Pratt's story "Impossible Dreams,"a magical video store would let you do just that.Pratt's story won the Hugo Award in 2007 — and now it's been made into a short film, which you can watch in its entirety, above. (It's in Hebrew, with English subtitles.)

 

Read the story on Wired:http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/07/impossible-dreams/


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Asakiyume mita - Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology

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Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology Lethe Press, 2012 Charles Tan, a Philippines-based member of the speculative fiction writing and blogging community, has brought together a wonderful buffet of spec-fic stories in this collection,...
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11 Eye-Opening Highlights From a Creationist Science Textbook - 11Points.com

Creative writing at its most insidious...

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Getting Along with Grief: A Tribute to the Father of Science Fiction

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A Tribute to the Father of Science Fiction. Ray Bradbury changed the world. With words. Changed and opened lives, minds, futures. With words. Poet Russell Salamon offers this beautiful tribute to the man who was a father to ...
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Modern collection of fairy tales to be published, Indigo Ink Press seeking submissions for anthology writing contest with $1,000 prize | Indigo Ink Press

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Indigo Ink Press, a nonprofit, literary press located in Canton, Ohio, is currently seeking writing contest submissions for its third book, Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore.
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PHOTO: 22 Storytelling Tips From Pixar

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If you've seen Pixar's "Up," there's a good chance you left the theatre with tear-stained 3D glasses after witnessing the simple, heartbreaking romance between chatty adventure girl Ellie and her grumpy beaux Carl.
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Imagine a Pixar video game …

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Rich Stanton: "Thinking of movies and games as totally distinct enterprises ignores all the blurring that happens at the boundaries, where new ways of telling stories and engaging audiences are constantly being born."


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Review: A Bed of Thorns and Roses by Sondra Allan Carr

Review: A Bed of Thorns and Roses by Sondra Allan Carr | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
I happened to notice a book a few weeks ago among the “alsobots” (those books people also bought that Amazon tells you about) on the product page for my novelette With Heart To Hear. My...

 

Author Frankie Robertson discusses the way in which the strength of Carr's book lies in its demonstration of the "transforming power of love."

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Zombies on the Brain - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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"Can zombies have sex? It's one of the most-common questions posed to experts on the reanimated, human-flesh-eating corpses. And it's a question that Bradley Voytek, a neuroscientist, is prepared to dissect—in lots of nerdy neurological detail."

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Write 'Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books Through This Clever HTML5 App

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Mark Wilson: "The branching narratives of interactive books are logistical nightmares. That is, until one company released this free writing tool" ...

 

Novelty? Or, the next thing in writing?


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Guard Your Time

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It’s almost indecent how much I love research. Writers tend to be information and history magpies, fascinated with how the word works–or how it should work, or has worked.
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Video games have more storytelling potential than any other medium

Video games have more storytelling potential than any other medium | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

Ethan Clevenger: "Recently, I came across Ico: Castle in the Mist, a novelization based on the critically acclaimed PlayStation 2 title Ico. This struck me as odd" ...


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English literature: Young writers mentored at LUMS workshop – The Express Tribune

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Eight of 250 applic­ants select­ed for five-day creati­ve writin­g worksh­op.
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Anatomy of Lying

Anatomy of Lying | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
"[Lying] is both a failure of understanding and an unwillingness to be understood." "Ordinary language is an accretion of lies," Susan So...
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American TV Neglected the Saddest Story in the Olympics [UPDATE]

American TV Neglected the Saddest Story in the Olympics [UPDATE] | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Recently, our own Bruce Jacobs wrote about how the coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games was just fine, and how nobody should be airing their grievances about...
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A Post-Apocalyptic Webseries Filmed In NYC’s Abandoned Places

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The protagonist of The Silent City is completely alone. Or so he thinks. “I’ve seen less and less of the others, as the years have passed,” he narrates to no one in particular.

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10 Sci-Fi Predictions That Became Science Fact

10 Sci-Fi Predictions That Became Science Fact Presenting 10 pieces of science fiction literature that turned out to be true. Music = Come On Over 2 by Richa...
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Of Sentences And Stories | www.publetariat.com

Of Sentences And Stories | www.publetariat.com | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Craig Lancaster on the definition of literary fiction.

 

Literary fiction is writing that "illuminates the human condition, bringing the things we fear the most and love the most together and telling us some fundamental truth about them."

 

Sounds like a pretty good definition to me. Of course, since most fiction does, or should do this, on at least some level, it's also sufficiently vague as to be almost all-inclusive. Kinda like the definition of fantasy, if it comes to that.

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The Mystery of Charles Dickens

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Dickens is so brilliant a stylist, his vision of the world so idiosyncratic and yet so telling, that one might say that his subject is his unique rendering of his subject, in an echo of Mark Rothko’s statement, 'The subject of the painting is the painting' — except of course, Dickens’s great subject was nothing so subjective or so exclusionary, but as much of the world as he could render.


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Jeff Bezos discusses Kindle, e-books, and future of reading ...

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On Kindle Nation Daily, Len Edgerly posts the transcript of an 18-minute interview he had with Jeff Bezos in which they discussed the Kindle, Kindle Fire, the.
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Interview with Mike Allen

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This is the first in a series of interviews with the editors, curators, and supporters of the Interstitial Arts – the people who help artists get their work to an audience.  Today we’re interviewing Mike Allen, long-time IAF member and editor of...
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Science Fiction Poetry Association

This year’s incarnation of the SFPA’s speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 0–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]). A special prize for the best poem by a non-SFPA-member poet (chosen from entries of any length) will also be awarded. All sub-genres of speculative fiction allowed in any form.

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The Wisdom of Winslow: Write the Story You’re Afraid to Write - Blog - Murderati

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By David Corbett

Brief introductory note: I'm off to the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference wh...
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