My Weekend Head Trip
Last weekend I attended Micheal Hauge’s Advanced Story Mastery Seminar. It was an intense, two-day program studying plot structure that he’s broken into six stages, looking at both the external and internal journey of the hero. Great information. I definitely recommend it for anyone with even the slightest interest in writing a novel or screenplay.
While taking copious notes and soaking in the lesson, the strangest thing happened. I took my own journey. It too consisted of six stages, or in my case, emotional check points.
Turned out to be an amazing weekend. I learned a lot about story structure. I came up with some specific ideas which will vastly improve my book. But my head trip may have helped me the most. Greatest lesson learned? Avoid Angst and Depression. If you see them approaching, lock your doors and hit the gas. Even if you only spend a few moments at these pit stops, it’s wasted time and horrible on your engine. Seven days later, I’m still receiving post cards from these dreaded cities, but I’m working hard to ignore them and stay in Peace – Best Destination EVER.
Don’t you find that cycle almost every time you write a book. Sometimes I need to get low, before I get high. What I mean by that, is if I’m flying high on ego, I’m not as critical and I find it productive to be a tad (not full blown) depressed and negative.
But it may be that I am still in such early stages of my writer’s journey that the “peace” stage is not sustainable for me yet!.
Congrats on your journey!
~ Tam Francis ~
I understand what you’re saying. Unfortunately, the negative side of the cycle can shut me down. Finding peace is a constant “battle.” Not sure it will ever be a permanent state of mind as far as my writing goes, but I’m much more productive in this state.
I loved this post!
Glad to hear that.
Good writing Chris!
So true, Chris, especially about the candle making! How about we just skip over all the steps and go straight to #6, Peace! Thanks for the laugh.
Yeah! And we can still make candles.