The Hero’s Journey – from Star Wars to Fairview, Texas

Could you write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days? That’s what writers across the nation will be attempting this November during National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO). Some have done it. Some even got book deals out of the experience. Many more tried and didn’t quite cross the finish line.
A small group of us met this past Sunday at A Real Bookstore in Fairview, Texas to begin our “boot camp” to prepare ourselves for NANOWRIMO. There’s about 20 of us and we come from all walks of life, all ages across the spectrum, too. We are having 3 physical meetings total, one each month before Nov 1, and we are also setting up a Facebook chat room to have virtual meetings. It is my first time to attempt this feat, but I couldn’t have asked for a nicer group of folks to be in my writing foxhole with me. If you’re interested in joining our group, even if you live outside the DFW, Texas area you can at least join us for the virtual chats, just comment on this blog post.
Case in point, at our first meeting this past Sunday, Southern Methodist University (SMU) creative writing professor Suzanne Frank presented “The Hero’s Journey” to us, and basically reminded us that the novel should be one basic format, the same format, by the way, that goes back thousands of years. The highlights: There are three acts, you need to know how your story ends before your write it and then work backwards, and there’s a great documentary on PBS called, “The Hero’s Journey in Star Wars” where George Lucas talks about how he used this basic storytelling format, which he borrowed heavily from Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, for his epic Sci-Fi adventure.
Suzanne also recommended a book that we should all run right out and get: The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. I’m getting mine ASAP. And if you want to take on the insanity of writing a novel in a month, come join us!

Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

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