READ 002 | The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

The Writer's Journey (cover) by Christopher Vogler.I’ve had this one on my list for awhile, and was on the Toronto Public Library Hold list for what seems like even longer (though the magic of actually pulling that one off is currently beyond me); needless to say I’ve been rather hyped to finally dive into The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. And after three weeks with this sought after title (seriously, the Holds list is looooonnng) all I can find myself capable of saying is, “Yeah, it’s there. I guess?”

As someone super into the idea of the monomyth and the all-encompassing power and reach of the Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell, you would think this book would be totally my jam, and in one very important (and damaging) sense—it is. Continue reading “READ 002 | The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler”

READ 001 – The Educated Imagination – Northrop Frye

Part of the CBC Massey Lectures series, Northrop Frye originally delivered his series of six talks on the value of studying literature, collective known as The Educated Imagination, in 1962. The lectures have been collected in a book published by Anasi. By virtue of being a student at the University of Toronto and being taught by professors who were in turn taught by Frye himself, the ideas of this book are a part of my critical DNA. Before going back to read The Educated Imagination again this week after a decade of recommending it to all and sundry, I don’t think I fully appreciated exactly how formative Frye’s ideas are to me and my approach to literature and critical theory. Continue reading “READ 001 – The Educated Imagination – Northrop Frye”

Luke’s Monomyth Story Treatment

After ideation, several potential story treatments, and a whole lot of back and forth, James and I settled on a rough setting / adventure for our hero, Prota (later to be named Charlotte; but that’s another story). Since my initial idea was to see if we could tell a worthwhile story using Joseph Campbell’s monomyth structure, I suggested we each create another story treatment that spoke to the Hero’s Journey story beats. (And I was prepared to hang up on James if he suggested we do it 3 times each.) The following is what I came up with. Continue reading “Luke’s Monomyth Story Treatment”

James’ Monomyth Story Treatment

After ideation, several potential story treatments, and a whole lot of back and forth, Luke and I settled on a rough setting / adventure for our hero, Prota (later to be named Charlotte; but that’s another story). Since Luke’s initial idea was to see if we could tell a worthwhile story using Joseph Campbell’s monomyth structure, he suggested we each create another story treatment that spoke to the Hero’s Journey story beats. The following is what I came up with.
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