Finally. It seems like forever since I sat in a roomful of writers. There is just something about sharing space with people who get what I do, what I struggle with and the nosiness of my imagination.
He goes through the outer and inner journeys. Teaches us how to take our characters from identity to essence. This is a bookmark he gives out to attendees so we can practice what we learned.
I first studied MH’s methods via a set of CDs –The Hero’s Two Journeys. (Available on Amazon.) I listened to the CDs over and over and made notes. Being the world’s slowest learner, it took time to understand his method of breaking down a story…or is it a method of putting together a story? I’ve tried to implement his structure for years. Whether or not I’ve done it successfully is uncertain.
A couple of years ago, I attended a workshop he taught at ACFW. So this is my second workshop. I think I’m finally getting it. Well, at least good enough to recognize the story I recently started work on is not as clear in my mind as it needs to be. So I will work on that this coming week.
I am so thankful for all the teaching helps and instructors who understand story structure and are willing to share their knowledge. I can’t imagine where I’d be if not for the help I get from studying books, listening to lectures and taking courses.
For more about Michael Hague, check out his website.