The Structure of a Good Story

I few weeks ago, I came across an interesting post on the writing blog All Kinds of Writing. Here is a link to the post: 12 Steps to a Novel/Screenplay. In the post, Melly talks about a book written by Vogler in which the author describes 12 steps to a good novel. Here are the 12 steps as explained in Melly’s post and in the book (I hope I am not breaking any blog by etiquette listing these steps here. Please follow the link above to read Melly’s take on the 12 steps):

1. Ordinary World
2. Call to Adventure
3. Refusal of the Call
4. Meeting with the Mentor
5. Crossing the First Threshold
6. Tests, Allies, Enemies
7. Approach to the Inmost Cave
8. Ordeal
9. Reward (Seizing the Sword)
10. The Road Back
11. Resurrection
12. Return with the Elixir

For a beginning writer with a background in Computer Science like myself, this type of formula for a novel is very appealing. The 12 Steps gets the roadmap of the story out of the way allowing me to be creative within each step. As I become a more experienced writer, I may abandon these steps or even get creative with them, switching the order to see what interesting stories I can create. For now, though, I think I’m going to try to write a couple stories using these steps and see what I can come up with, as my interest lies with the fantasy genre,for which these steps seem ideal.

Make sure to check out the blog “All Kinds of Writing” for other writing tips.

A Little Advice

A little advice for men reading out there who have thought to themselves, “Well, I’ll save a few minutes in the morning by shaving the night before.” Don’t do it! Sure it seems like a good idea at the time. You won’t have to rush in the morning trying to make it to work. Heck, you may even get to catch a few more Z’s. Step away from the razor and no one will get hurt.

Normally, I shave in the morning following my shower. Last night, however, I had the bright idea to shave before going to sleep and it did not work out so well. First of all, it felt as though I was shaving with a very dull rock. Nothing like razor burn right before bed. Also, I realized after I was finished that I rather than having 5 o’clock shadow at the scheduled time, I will be sporting the stubble at 8 AM.

Sorry for the non-writing post. I just had to get this off my chest. Look for a writing related post today.