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Friday, June 29, 2007

188 stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth) - Screenwriting Secrets - Magic Flight

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The 188 stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth) is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. In fact, ALL of the hundreds of Hollywood movies we have deconstructed (see URL below) are based on this 188+ stage template.

Understanding this template is a priority for story or screenwriters. This is the template you must master if you are to succeed in the craft.

[The terminology is most often metaphoric and applies to all successful stories and screenplays, from The Godfather (1972) to Brokeback Mountain (2006) to Annie Hall (1977) to Lord of the Rings (2003) to Drugstore Cowboy (1989) to Thelma and Louise (1991) to Apocaplyse Now (1979)].

THERE IS ONLY ONE STORY

THE 188 STAGE HERO'S JOURNEY:

a) Attempts to tap into unconscious expectations the audience has regarding what a story is and how it should be told.

b) Gives the writer more structural elements than simply three or four acts, plot points, mid point and so on.

c) Gives you a tangible process for building and releasing dissonance (establishing and achieving catharses, of which there are usually four).

d) Tells you what to write. For example, at a certain stage of the story, the focus should be on the Call to Adventure and the micro elements within.

ABRIDGED TIPS, EXCERPTS AND EXAMPLES:

(simply go to http://www.heros-journey.info/ for full details)

*****Antagonism of the New World*****

When the Hero et al arrive in the New World, it is not uncommon for it to be a normal domain of the Antagonism. In Straw Dogs (1971), David and Amy say hello to Charlie.

*****Magic Flight*****

The Magic Flight contains all the symbolism of magic, flight, pursuit and the supernatural. In Straw Dogs (1971), David and Amy drive away and Tom et al they hunt Henry.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Hero's Journey, Monomyth (188 Stages Of) - Oracles and Thresholds

FORWARD

The 188 stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth) is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. In fact, ALL of the hundreds of Hollywood movies we have deconstructed (see URL below) are based on this 188+ stage template.

Understanding this template is a priority for story or screenwriters. This is the template you must master if you are to succeed in the craft.

[The terminology is most often metaphoric and applies to all successful stories and screenplays, from The Godfather (1972) to Brokeback Mountain (2006) to Annie Hall (1977) to Lord of the Rings (2003) to Drugstore Cowboy (1989) to Thelma and Louise (1991) to Apocaplyse Now (1979)].

THERE IS ONLY ONE STORY

THE 188 STAGE HERO'S JOURNEY:

a) Attempts to tap into unconscious expectations the audience has regarding what a story is and how it should be told.

b) Gives the writer more structural elements than simply three or four acts, plot points, mid point and so on.

c) Gives you a tangible process for building and releasing dissonance (establishing and achieving catharses, of which there are usually four).

d) Tells you what to write. For example, at a certain stage of the story, the focus should be on the Call to Adventure and the micro elements within.

ABRIDGED TIPS, EXCERPTS AND EXAMPLES:

(simply go to http://www.heros-journey.info/ for full details)

*****Overcoming the Hero Guardians*****

Though the Heralds are blocked from the Hero by Guardians, overcoming them is not the most daunting task. In Brokeback Mountain (2005), Joe justtells Jack and Ennis to "get your scrawny asses in here, pronto."

*****Meeting the Oracle*****

Post the Road of Trials, the Hero must journey toward an Expansion of Consciousness, which is represented by a tangible (the Sword). It is the Oracle that guides them towards this tangible. In Bonnie and Clyde (1967), they're losing oil - they gotta swipe another car and that will lead them to kidnap the owners of that car.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hero's Journey, Monomyth (188 Stages) Screenplay Structure

FORWARD

The 188 stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth) is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. In fact, ALL of the hundreds of Hollywood movies we have deconstructed (see URL below) are based on this 188+ stage template.

Understanding this template is a priority for story or screenwriters. This is the template you must master if you are to succeed in the craft.

[The terminology is most often metaphoric and applies to all successful stories and screenplays, from The Godfather (1972) to Brokeback Mountain (2006) to Annie Hall (1977) to Lord of the Rings (2003) to Drugstore Cowboy (1989) to Thelma and Louise (1991) to Apocaplyse Now (1979)].

THERE IS ONLY ONE STORY

THE 188 STAGE HERO'S JOURNEY:

a) Attempts to tap into unconscious expectations the audience has regarding what a story is and how it should be told.

b) Gives the writer more structural elements than simply three or four acts, plot points, mid point and so on.

c) Gives you a tangible process for building and releasing dissonance (establishing and achieving catharses, of which there are usually four).

d) Tells you what to write. For example, at a certain stage of the story, the focus should be on the Call to Adventure and the micro elements within.

ABRIDGED TIPS, EXCERPTS AND EXAMPLES:

(simply go to http://www.heros-journey.info/ for full details)

*****First Threshold Middle Cave*****

The Middle cave of the First Threshold is where the Hero meets Allies and Enemies. This is also then, obviously, where subplots are initiated or further developed. In Straw Dogs (1971), Henry plays with Janice.

*****Belly of the Whale*****

It is in the Belly of the Whale where the Hero comes face to face with what he (or she) must become or deal with or be. In Straw Dogs (1971), Cawsey asks if "...they got anything worth taking...ten months inside is enough for me...." ; Ratboy steals Amy's knickers; "...I want what was in them....."

Thursday, June 14, 2007

188+ stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth) and Transformation - Devolution

FORWARD

The 188 stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth) is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. In fact, ALL of the hundreds of Hollywood movies we have deconstructed (see URL below) are based on this 188+ stage template.

Understanding this template is a priority for story or screenwriters. This is the template you must master if you are to succeed in the craft.

[The terminology is most often metaphoric and applies to all successful stories and screenplays, from The Godfather (1972) to Brokeback Mountain (2006) to Annie Hall (1977) to Lord of the Rings (2003) to Drugstore Cowboy (1989) to Thelma and Louise (1991) to Apocaplyse Now (1979)].

THERE IS ONLY ONE STORY

THE 188 STAGE HERO'S JOURNEY:

a) Attempts to tap into unconscious expectations the audience has regarding what a story is and how it should be told.

b) Gives the writer more structural elements than simply three or four acts, plot points, mid point and so on.

c) Gives you a tangible process for building and releasing dissonance (establishing and achieving catharses, of which there are usually four).

d) Tells you what to write. For example, at a certain stage of the story, the focus should be on the Call to Adventure and the micro elements within.

ABRIDGED TIPS, EXCERPTS AND EXAMPLES:

(simply go to http://www.heros-journey.info/ for full details)

*****Devolved State*****

This is a total expression of the Hero's Ordinary World and Ordinary Self. It is a benchmark. In Tsotsi (2005), Tsotsi is part of a criminal gang, which is something he will leave behind by the end of the story. In Get Carter (1971- the superior version with Michael Caine), we discover in the first scene that Jack Carter's Outer Challenge is to discover who killed his brother, his Inner Challenge is to escape from his criminal associates / past and his Romantic Challenge is to wrestle Britt Ekland away from the mob boss.

*****First Trial Inner Cave - Polarization*****

A number of things happen in the Inner Cave of the First Trial. One element is Polarization. In Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Bonnie and Blanche argue.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

The 188+ stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth): Learning the Ways of the New World

FORWARD

The 188 stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth) is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. In fact, ALL of the hundreds of Hollywood movies we have deconstructed (see URL below) are based on this 188+ stage template.

Understanding this template is a priority for story or screenwriters. This is the template you must master if you are to succeed in the craft.

[The terminology is most often metaphoric and applies to all successful stories and screenplays, from The Godfather (1972) to Brokeback Mountain (2006) to Annie Hall (1977) to Lord of the Rings (2003) to Drugstore Cowboy (1989) to Thelma and Louise (1991) to Apocaplyse Now (1979)].

THERE IS ONLY ONE STORY

THE 188 STAGE HERO'S JOURNEY:

a) Attempts to tap into unconscious expectations the audience has regarding what a story is and how it should be told.

b) Gives the writer more structural elements than simply three or four acts, plot points, mid point and so on.

c) Gives you a tangible process for building and releasing dissonance (establishing and achieving catharses, of which there are usually four).

d) Tells you what to write. For example, at a certain stage of the story, the focus should be on the Call to Adventure and the micro elements within.

ABRIDGED TIPS, EXCERPTS AND EXAMPLES:

(simply go to http://www.heros-journey.info/ for full details)

*****Learning the Ways of the New World*****

A critical aspect of the Hero's Journey (MOnomyth) is the learning the ways of the New World. This is all part and parcel of becoming accepted in the New World and the transformation to the New Self. In Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Billy is upset that Ted is late to pick him up.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Fast Press Release Writing - 4 First Steps to Make Money with Press Release Writing

If you want to make some money through press release writing, you need to excell at writing press releases. You need to learn how to write really good press releases. Although many people are able to write good stuff but writing a press release is a somewhat technical work. You need to structure your press release carefully and than you can write it down actually.

Making money through press release writing is possible only if you learn to write good press releases. Press releases are generally supposed to be informative in nature. The press releases are to be written according to the level of information the readers are expected to have. It is supposed to be informative and should be well written. The title of the pres release needs to be catchy. The first few lines are very important. These lines have to engage the reader to go through the whole press release. If the first few lines are not strong enough most of the people will not read through the complete press release. The sentences used should be simple and short so that a variety of people can understand it. The body of the press release should be in paragraphs and the pointers should be written and arranged in a manner to grab the attention of the readers.

Once these issues are taken care of, you can write really good press releases and your chances of making money through the same will increase. Your business can get a boost due to the marketing your press release will do for you.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Staying Motivated

Something I learned very quickly while writing, well more to the point attempting to write my first book was how difficult it is staying motivated to write the thing!

In the introduction to Financial Dignity I referred to recalling quite clearly finding myself 3 years older than when I had first started writing. Realising it was still nowhere near finished was a real wake up call. I shudder to think that those 3 years had crept up on me so swiftly. The inexorable movement of time had caught me out while I was looking the other way and I had let it pass by unchallenged.

Staying motivated is one of those difficult things. The book took a lot of time to research and develop but I was to realise just now much time was taken up doing nothing. Many months would go by without even lifting a pen, tapping a key on the word processor, or turning over a page.

In between times I would feel highly motivated and would get stuck into the research and bang out a few more pages then do nothing for months.

I think it is human nature to subconsciously take the easy route. To do the more pleasurable things in life and leave the difficult things to last or just hope they go away. Staying motivated is one of those difficult things. I was torn between wanting to complete the book I had persevered with for so long and quitting to do something easy.

Staying motivated to write is a real problem that I am sure has put a premature end to the writing aspirations of many.

The secrets of motivated people.

Several months past by… my conscious continued to troubled me about not continuing with the book and then…A Eureka moment came at 4 o'clock one morning when I awoke with a moment of clarity that often follows a good night sleep when the mind does that marvellous peculiarity of unravelling and sorting the problems and discourse of the day. "The real problem was not staying motivated to write. It was what to do when I was not motivated to write".

When writers are stuck one of the best cures is to read. So I started reading about motivation and motivated people. But just learning about something does not make it happen! It seemed to me to be a subject easy to write about but hard to achieve. But what I did gain from that research was two very useful tenets that all motivated people know and practice.

  • To progress Just Do The Next Task.
  • Don't try to eat Elephants whole! Split the project into smaller more manageable and less daunting chunks.

I am sure these two tenets are the best kept secret of motivated people. Just learning them was key and things started to become clear.

How was I to stay motivated to write something for an hour or two following a hard days work?

The Answer was simple "DON'T"

Don't wait for the motivation to happen just do something!

Do something every day whether you feel like it or not.

AND

To keep from being overwhelmed by the size of the project split it up into smaller chunks called task then just do the next task.

In practice I would come in from the day job, get a drink (Tea!) and then…just do the next task, which could be research, writing up, editing, whatever useful task needed to be done (sharpening pencils does not count as a task!!!).The task could be as small as writing the next sentence or paragraph. As a writer you will know if you can get one sentence down, many others will often follow. Remember that sentence does not need to be perfect first time. Just learning to get something down then editing it later is an important tip for novice writers. A sentence may seem such a small task but it takes you a vital step nearer to finishing your book.

Just Learning

Doing it at the same time of day everyday trains your mind and body to anticipate what is going to happen next and then allow it to become habit forming.

By just learning this habit of taking action the new pages to the book started to accumulate along with new ideas and inspiration. Seeing the book starting to take shape after so long then motivated me to do more and help reinforce the habit of taking action.

It seems to me staying motivated is like waiting for a bus if it does not come along you are going nowhere. You are stuck at the bus stop waiting, doing nothing and the world is just passing you by, So do not wait for the bus, start walking! One step at a time.

Do not wait for motivation to happen just do the next task.

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