I’m still floating on puffy clouds of post Desert Dreams conference wonder and I promise I’ll put all the latest developments in a nice, tidy post on Update Humpday. Today, rather than completing the final installments on book parenting, I want to share an epiphany I had after our Sunday workshop with Brad Schreiber.
First, let me say, what a wonderful and entertaining workshop! (I can’t wait for his book, Becoming Jimi Hendrix, this fall.) Next, a small backstory to tie in:
As part of the hosting chapter, I volunteered to moderate three workshops including Kate Herbert’s “XYZ’s of Scriptwriting”. In her workshop she related the Hollywood saying “First, you put your hero in a tree, then you throw rocks at him, then you get him down” to illustrate the Three Act structure of a screenplay and/or novel.
In Brad’s workshop discussing Chris Vogler’s book The Writer’s Journey, which breaks down the hero’s journey story structure, he suggested we as authors are the hero of our own journey and that our journey also mirror’s this story template that has been followed throughout written history. Even oral traditions follow the Hero’s Journey.
After the workshop, I bravely approached Brad, shared the tree example from Kate’s workshop and asked him, “should we as writers then embrace those rocks being thrown at us?”
Paraphrased, he said, “Or, rather than rocks, perhaps shake the tree. As in shake things up. As in shaking money from a tree. Ideas.”
I love it!
So, I’ve gotten myself into this gorgeous dream of a tree. And now, I’m shaking it. I’m submitting my work, promoting my work, networking, blogging, all of it. And you know what? Sometimes, it feels like I’m about to fall out and come crashing down face first. So, I just hang on tighter, and try to remember to enjoy the view.
I hope you will, too.