So…what would we have to do to actually chart a 21st Century path to screenwriting success? What would it take?
The “Hero’s Journey” is the tool that I use to diagram not only a story, but the process of writing a story, or indeed the process of achieving any goal. But as valuable as it is, it is not the complete picture. It CANNOT be. No pattern can be. Because part of life, and the creative process, is chaos.
Just as no martial art can fully prepare you for a real fight–a REAL fight is like two cats in a sack.
The REAL process of achievement involves stuff coming at you from every direction, unexpectedly, such that logic of any kind yields to pure, powerful emotion. And if your emotions aren’t strong and rooted, you won’t survive. Many years ago, a student asked me if there was a “Heroine’s Journey,”and I took that to mean a non-linear path, because the specific steps are not specific to either inner or outer journeys, neither masculine or feminine values.
But beyond question, there were linear and non-linear approaches, and mine was the former, a ten-step process I swear by. But…what if your mind doesn’t work that way? What if you are a typical artist, and your creative mind is like a rabbit off its ADD meds, hip-hopping all over the place?
Well, I have a gift for you, Art’s “String of Pearls” technique. It is PERFECT for non-linear creativity, and filled in the “gap” by showing the “unconscious” pathway to completing projects. Great stuff, and here is an article on it: http://creativescreenwriting.com/string-of-pearls-an-alternative-way-to-create-a-story/
Read it. You’ll thank me.
But I’ve got more for you today. We’ve spoken of the “Secret Formula” (GOALS X FAITH X ACTION X GRATITUDE = RESULTS) and if you take that, and apply it to the process of writing, wow, you will accelerate your pace of growth. But I just came across an article that made it even clearer why managing your emotions is CRITICAL to the process of growth, change, and success. You’re going to want to read this as well: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-neuroscience-researcher-reveals-4-rituals-that-will-make-you-a-happier-person-2015-9
Put these things together, and you’ll be able to glimpse what Art and I saw: that the Industry has so many invisible walls and trap doors, it is so hard to get feedback or ever actually get into the game that it is like trying to learn to swim without ever getting in the pool.
The “full circle” of skills and actions, represented by the Hero’s Journey, String of Pearls, and the “Secret Formula” would require a four-year film school to help an “outsider” even learn what they need to learn. To know what they don’t know. The “unknown unknowns.” And without that, you are thrashing in the dark, and will eventually lose energy and enthusiasm, be consumed by fear and frustration, and just…give up.
And I tasked Art, just as he had challenged me. “Can we create something that we would have given our left thumbs for when we were starting out? Something that would allow us to really learn what we need to know, or at least have a real idea what we NEED to learn? Is it even possible?”
And we created an answer. And came together to create something special, something new. Unlike anything I’ve done before. And yeah, I’d have given my left thumb to have this when I was twenty-five.
And I can’t wait for you to have it. And that opportunity comes…tomorrow! The “Screenwriting Machine” is about to come to life. And if you accept our challenge…you’ll never be the same.
See you tomorrow!