Writing

It Was My Honor

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Ashley (L) and Rachel (R). Photograph by Sarah Deragon.

Ashley (L) and Rachel (R). Photograph by Sarah Deragon.

A few months ago a reader of mine by the name of Rachel Schiff reached out to me via Facebook. Her girlfriend, Ashley Faulkner, is also a reader, and her girlfriend’s brother, Chris Faulkner, had turned them on to my comics in the first place. One big happy family. Rachel told me that she was going to propose to Ashley. Rachel’s intention was to write a comic book that would act as her proposal, have a friend draw it for her and then have their local comic shop slip the comic into Ashley’s pull box. Rachel asked me if I’d be interested in writing something for it. I was more than happy to oblige.

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Dear Grown Ass Man in Skinny Jeans

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Submitted as evidence.

I’m gonna start at the heart of it, and I hope you hear where I’m coming from. Cause, see, ultimately, it’s all about your guts. Not your bravery. There’s nothing brave about wearing those jeans. No, I’m talking about your actual guts. The ones in your stomach. Because when your forty, your guts are forty. They’re heavy and they’re tired.

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How I Start Writing (and eventually finish) a Story

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Let’s begin with a note of humility.

By writing this I don’t mean to pretend that I know what I’m doing. I am far, far from the best writer that I know. I am also far, far from the worst writer that I know. I have, over the years, had many people come to me for advice on executing narrative, and since 1999 I’ve made my living telling stories to one degree of success or another. So it’s possible that I might have something to say about it, though I’m not entirely sure. Often it’s the preacher who’s in need of hearing his own sermon the most. So, with all of that in mind, I thought I’d gather my thoughts on my process and put them down here.

Okay, now on to the idea of starting…

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Eight Reasons Why The Hero’s Journey Sucks

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Great article here on how lazy writers use the Hero’s Journey template.

Some highlights…

“It discourages originality”.

“The ‘hero’ is always a man”.

“It confuses personal growth with solving problems”.

Etc.

It’s a good read that I couldn’t agree with more.

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Eight Reasons Why The Hero’s Journey Sucks

Posted on by Joshua Dysart Posted in Cool Stuff!, Journal, Writing | Leave a comment

Great article here on how lazy writers use the Hero’s Journey template.

Some highlights…

“It discourages originality”.

“The ‘hero’ is always a man”.

“It confuses personal growth with solving problems”.

Etc.

It’s a good read that I couldn’t agree with more.

herocyclediag.jpg