Sunday, June 14, 2009
Farland's Seminar and Cambell's Archetypes
I took a break from editing to go to Dave Wolverton/Farland's writing seminar over the weekend. I picked up a lot more information than I initially suspected and I would highly recomend it to anyone interested in writing, it would not have to be just someone writing in sci-fi/fantasy.
One of the things that hit me between the eyes the hardest was how much my book/series 'Heroes of the Fallen' has the classic 'Hero Journey' as described by Cambell's, Hero of a Thousand Faces. I resisted reading Campbell because of some comments that were quoted to me I disagreed with, can't even remember what they all were, one was about the Iriquois cinderella legend, which as far as I was concerned weren't even close, so his connection was moot.
But I will now give it a read because as we were discussing Archetypes and Dave mentioned the classic hero journey tropes, I was astonished at how much I used them even while striving for originality and new takes on things. Had I known of these archetypes, I would have avoided them but the book is already written and going to be published in a few short months and I am very happy with it. I have a lot of characters in the book(s) so no one character follows all the formula's but across the board almost everything Dave mentioned is in there somewhere.
That and it was cool to meet a bunch of fellow writers like Candace Salima, Christine Bryant, her friend Becky, Lisa Peck, and Bruce Eschler.