In this month's RWR there is an article by Colleen Gleason on The Hero's Journey. My dear friend Loreth Ann White (if the link doesn't work her new website is being built) is quoted in the article and this is one of her favourite subjects. She recommended to Meretta and I, Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth.
The elements as modified by Christopher Vogler are:
- Ordinary World
- Call to Adventure
- Refusal of the Call
- Meeting with the Mentor
- Crossing the First Threshold
- Tests, Allies, Enemies
- Approach to the Inmost Cave
- Ordeal (black moment)
- The Road Back
- Return with Elixir
In the first version I wrote of Storm Warning I had the road back, but it didn't work. Two climactic action scenes one after the other, seemed to rob power from one big climatic finish. So now there is just one climactic scene (which just happens to incorporate all sorts of symbolism in the hull of a burning sinking boat that I hadn't really considered before I watched Campbell), and now I'm wondering if the road back--that final hurdle where love still seems doomed even though the villain is dead, should be an emotional hurdle, rather than a stray bullet or final plot twist.
I did note that I had no mentor in this book and I'm wondering if I can incorporate some mentor abilities in the ghost of the heroine's father. Can he teach her something about herself that has a powerful meaning to the story. Might give his presence more meaning even if he is dead.
So here I am, thinking I'm nearly finished with my story and now I'm pondering giving it slightly MORE meaning. Sigh. And I realize these aren't rules to live/write by, but storytelling is an art that I'm learning and hope to get right.
Tools and craft I can use :)
Intelligent people, romance readers.