A few days ago I started a challenge called Write Your Way Through This which promised a series of daily prompts to record this time of anxiety and social distance. After only two prompts, I had an idea: group the prompts to roughly correspond to the stages of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, or hero’s journey. And it goes without saying that women are at least as good at this as men are. Here’s how Campbell describes the journey:
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1949, p. 23.
So what if, instead of just recording our experience, we saw it as a Story? We see our experiences as taking on unexpected and mysterious forces and emerge from the experience changed? We journey into strange and unfamiliar worlds and return to a world transformed.
Now, having come up with this Great Idea, I don’t know how it will turn out. But then none of us knows how this will turn out, so it is worth the try. Come with us as we take the road out of town.
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Write Your Way Through This