Feeling Like It’s Not Going to Happen? Here’s Some Pick-Me Ups.

Just in case you ever need a few motivational pick-me ups, here is a list of yours truly go to favorites.

  1. 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 minutes. If you need a pep talk.
  2. Happy Little Clouds. If you need some writing reminders.
  3. Evolve. For when you need to remind yourself that “you gotta evolve”
  4. Garden of You Mind. If you need inspiration.
  5. Keep on Cooking. For when you need reminding that you are writing for yourself first and foremost. “Freshness makes all the difference.”

And just for fun:

  1. Pop! Goes My Heart. Because it is Hilarious.
  2. Jolene. Because Dolly and Miley.

And that does it! Remember, we have all been there.



The Hero’s Journey

When my roommate first introduced me to the Hero’s Journey (an outline of narrative structure put tout by Joseph Campbell) three years ago, I thought, “How have I never heard of this?” I have a Bachelor in English Literature and a Masters in Publishing, and I had never heard of this.  I thought I must have been the last person to have heard about it.

No. Idea.

Until…my blog manager (who works for guacamole) was reading something I wrote and questioned it.  She said I used the term like it was known. From my perspective, it was. I had seen it used in editorial letters from internships I had worked. My roommate uses it in his daily professional life.

And I suddenly felt like I was in on this super-secret thing, when really, as a reader/student/editor I should have not just heard about this only a few years ago.

Now, I am not going on a tangent about education or any of that, but I figured, in case you, my readers, have never heard of it, I will just lay it out there for you. It might be helpful when doing reviews or crafting your own story.

So without further ado, I give you a simple outline of the Hero’s Journey:

  1. A character is in a zone of comfort.
  2. But they want something.
  3. They enter an unfamiliar situation.
  4. Adapt to it.
  5. Get what they wanted.
  6. Pay a heavy price for it.
  7. Then return to their familiar situation.
  8. Having changed.