Refined Monomyth Ideation #3 – James: Suzy F. (aka SUZY, SCORPION QUEEN)

After Luke and James each wrote three story treatments for what would become Charlotte’s Journey, James suggested that they should each take the best parts of that initial round of idea development and write three more story treatments. Below is the third refined story outline that James wrote – although not fully developed, it can be read as a short story would be. It stands as an example of how ideas for Charlotte’s Journey were conceived and developed, and demonstrates how thoughts from both creators were shared to make a more complete and better whole. Continue reading “Refined Monomyth Ideation #3 – James: Suzy F. (aka SUZY, SCORPION QUEEN)”

Refined Monomyth Ideation #2 – Luke: Prota, The Bride (Enter the Wedding…)

After Luke and James each wrote three story treatments for what would become Charlotte’s Journey, James suggested that they should each take the best parts of that initial round of idea development and write three more story treatments.

Here’s my second attempt. If you’ve read James’ Treatise: On Magic in this world, you can probably guess it came shortly after he read my ideas here. What can I say—I like mountains and big scary fireballs.

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Refined Monomyth Ideation #2 – James: Suzy E. (aka SUZY: FIRST BLOOD)

After Luke and James each wrote three story treatments for what would become Charlotte’s Journey, James suggested that they should each take the best parts of that initial round of idea development and write three more story treatments. Below is the second refined story outline that James wrote – although not fully developed, it can be read as a short story would be. It stands as an example of how ideas for Charlotte’s Journey were conceived and developed, and demonstrates how thoughts from both creators were shared to make a more complete and better whole.

Although this particular story treatment would not be the skeleton of Charlotte’s Journey, Luke liked it so well he suggested that James hold on to it, saying it would be a shame if he didn’t write this story sometime in the future.

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Refined Monomyth Ideation #1 – Luke: Prota, The Ambassadors’ Daughter

After Luke and James each wrote three story treatments for what would become Charlotte’s Journey, James suggested that they should each take the best parts of that initial round of idea development and write three more story treatments.

This was the first idea I came up with when James asked us to concoct three different story outlines each. If you look at what Charlotte’s Journey is becoming, you’ll see a lot of ideas got their start here—before influences from the other outlines, and brainstorming back and forth between James and I, made them better, different, or nothing at all.

I read this for the first time since we initially did this exercise—Charlotte’s Journey sure has come a long way. Continue reading “Refined Monomyth Ideation #1 – Luke: Prota, The Ambassadors’ Daughter”

Refined Monomyth Ideation #1 – James: Suzy D. vs. Count Villaninous McBadguy

After Luke and James each wrote three story treatments for what would become Charlotte’s Journey, James suggested that they should each take the best parts of that initial round of idea development and write three more story treatments. Below is the first refined story outline that James wrote – although not fully developed, it can be read as a short story would be. It stands as an example of how ideas for Charlotte’s Journey were conceived and developed, and demonstrates how thoughts from both creators were shared to make a more complete and better whole.

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Getting Started – James: 3 Variations on a Theme

The first step on the road to Charlotte’s Journey was figuring out exactly what sort of story we wanted to tell. Three conditions were at the heart of it all: we would explicitly use the trajectory of Joseph Conrad’s monomyth from The Hero With a Thousand Faces, the protagonist should be female, and she should be saddled with a sword that she is unable to wield.

Below are the first three story treatments James wrote during the process of ideating Charlotte’s Journey.

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Getting Started – Luke: 3 Variations on a Theme

When we started this project, I approached James with three variables—one, we write a story that adheres to the beats of Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth, two, our protagonist is a woman, and three, there’s a GIANT sword the protagonist can’t use. He agreed to all three, and suggested we each come up with three ideas on how these variables could work together to become a story.

The following are Luke’s first three ideas, in all their hideous glory. You’ll see notes to myself, to James, and the rise and abandonment of thoughts as I was writing them. James is right—I never really did this when crafting stories (up until this point). I get an idea, and I go with it (perhaps why a mountain shows up in two versions below; plus, kind of in the 3rd one too), never thinking about how it could be done differently (and thus missing out on all sorts of great ideas). This was really good exercise for me because I found it very hard to do—which can be summed up in five words, “Similar start to Idea #1…” Continue reading “Getting Started – Luke: 3 Variations on a Theme”

Charlotte’s Journey As Cue Cards

After months of planning over Skype, we finally had the chance to meet in person to talk Charlotte’s Journey at the start of July 2015. We called it “The Summit”, complete with agenda and goals, intending to discuss Adventures in Storytelling as a whole (the website, the process, building the community, etc.) and be ready for the next phase of the plan. (Plus, we drew this cool map.)

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Character Sketch: Raul de Madera

The character sketches were a collaborative effort; a rough road map to understanding our characters. As we continued to co-write Charlotte’s Journey, this was a way to keep the “shape”, or a baseline, of a character in mind; so we didn’t create two competing arcs as we wrote first drafts.

After coming up with the appropriate characters required for our story, we spent some time hashing out important details together before each going off to capture our thoughts alone. The next week we shared what we came up with; for the most part, we agreed on broad strokes, and allowed the differing minutia to sway the sketches to their betterment. There were only a couple points where we had different, competing ideas in mind, and we were forced to debate until compromise was reached; always for the good of the story. (For the record—Raul was not one of those debates.) Continue reading “Character Sketch: Raul de Madera”