"Are you a plotter, or a pantser?"
The term "hero's journey" as it relates to fiction was first introduced in 1949 by Joseph Campbell. This series of seventeen steps is especially interesting
because it's essentially the place where characterization meets plot.
Regardless of who your hero is, or where his adventure takes him, most heroes
will pass through very specific phases of development, both internally and
externally. Fascinating stuff!
And let's not forget the ladies! Heroines, just like heroes,
have their own mountains to climb and rivers to cross. Laurie Schnebly Campbell
did an online workshop about this very subject. Even though I'm not sure or if Laurie plans to do this workshop again, I wanted to share the link with you so you can check it out. And for a list of Laurie's upcoming workshops, email her at LaurieClassfirstname.lastname@example.org
3 Acts, 9 Blocks, 27 Chapters
For writers who reeeeeally like to plot, here is a tool that
I just tried recently. It breaks your story down into twenty-seven chapters, each touching on a specific phase of story development... and that's pretty much your whole book! It's a really good exercise that made me seriously think about how my story was going to get from the beginning to "the end."
The author even made a YouTube video, which you can check out here:
So, come on, let's see inside that spotted kerchief you carry on a stick over your shoulder! What kind of writing tricks and tips have you picked up along the way?