Category Archives: Project Two: The hero’s journey

Exercise 2 – 12 Character Archetypes

So in starting my research on character archetypes, I stumble across Carl Jung. He believed that there were 12 archetypes that every human could be categorised by. These could be used to work out every human’s motivations, goals and desires. The main character archetypes seems to be derived from this. They have been discussed endlessly in creative writing forums. Many more get added, but the additions seem more stereotypes than archetypes. The names also change slightly depending on which resource you’re reading. 

Part of the exercise is to assign characters from a story I’ve read and to understand the function of each archetype in that story. I’ve chosen the Throne of Glass book series by Sarah J Maas. Dramatically and/or psychologically.

  1. Warrior/Hero – wants to save the day, prove their worth. Chaol Westfall
  2. Orphan – wants to belong.  Lysandra
  3. Child/Innocent – to be happy. Evangeline & Elide
  4. Creator – to create something of value. Nehemia Ytger
  5. Caregiver – to help and protect others. Aedion Ashryver
  6. Mentor/Sage – to use wisdom and knowledge to understand the world and educate. Manon Blackbeak & Yrene Towers
  7. Joker/Jester – to live for today, to be happy. 
  8. Magician – to seek enlightenment. order out of chaos. Dorian Havillard
  9. Ruler – to control a family/community/country. Maeve & Erawan
  10. Rebel – to overturn that which isn’t working, change the world for the better. Celaena Sardothien
  11. Lover – be in a relationship (people/work/environment they love). Rowan Galathynius?
  12. Explorer – to experience as much life as possible. Rolfe & Nesryn

Not sure on a few of them, and would love some feedback if you’ve read the books. I feel I’ve missed someone, but in my brain fog addled brain they’ve escaped me. 


Doomsday Clock – fiction working title

History of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
The Bulletin was founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists who “could not remain aloof to the consequences of their work.” The organization’s early years chronicled the dawn of the nuclear age and the birth of the scientists’ movement, as told by the men and women who built the atomic bomb and then lobbied with both technical and humanist arguments for its abolition.

This basis of my book in Project 2, Exercise 1.

Exploring my story idea using Vogler’s 12 elements.

  1. Ordinary World
    This one. It’s the build-up to the Domesday Clock turning midnight. Current affairs, the civil unrest, inequality, homelessness, the desperation of existing rulers trying to hold on. The firing of the nuclear warheads. Ordinary people doing ordinary things.
  2. Call to adventure
    The clock strikes midnight and magic is released. The warheads are disarmed.
  3. Refusal of the call
    Disbelief, magical accidents, fear and uncertainty of what has happened. Confusion.
  4. Meeting the mentor
    Return of the caretakers. Settling of magic.
  5. Crossing the threshold
    The learning to use magic, the understanding that magic returning isn’t the whole solution, rulers trying to overcome the resistance, fighting.
  1. Tests
    The push back from rulers, employers, elite, understanding the legacy, the propaganda, the rise of the technological and medical war against magic.
  2. Enemies
    The original antagonists who took over, the rising of those with magic (who don’t want magic) and those without magic, the confusion and the rise of magic in every day occurrences.
  3. Allies
    Those with magic, the caretakers, the humans who want change.
  4. Approach to the Inmost Cave
    Little acts of activism, small groups, gradual wearing down of inequality, unfair practices, slavery.
  5. Ordeal
    Uprising of magic folk against non-magic folk, freedom from modern slavery but not united. Rounding up of people with magic, Fear, Capture, use of science to bind magic.
    2. Reward
    The rising up of non-magic humans to aid magic people. Freedom and acceptance of magic as different not less.
  1. The Road Back
    A gradual return to a sense of daily mundanity. Magic has settled after the initial surge. Workers becoming more involved in the day to day of where they work. People cooperating on a little level.
  2. Resurrection/Awakening
    Realisation by the caretakers that there weren’t enough of them last time, that they tried to win on magic alone, and that didn’t work. That they need to work together with humans. Together not on behalf of non-magic folk.
  3. Return with the Elixir
    The balance of technology and magic. That neither are better. Collaboration.

It’s the book I’d love to read. As someone with ADHD, and with a daughter who has ASD, I think it plays on the neurodivergence as a magic. We live in uncertain times, there is a lot of inequality, political turbulence, and technology that is being used to control, rather than people working together to build a sustainable long term future for the whole planet, and not a select few humans.

Project 2: The Stages of the Hero’s Journey. The Heat film.

An exploration of The Heat through Vogler’s ‘Hero Journey’. This film is about two law officers investigation a drug network. Produced in 2013, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Directed by Paul Feig.

Act 1. Beginning = The Hero’s Journey

1.Ordinary World 
We start with Special Agent Sarah Ashburn showing off her skills as an FBI agent. Rubbing her independence and previous cases into the faces of her fellow agents. She comes across as a very capable, albeit arrogant agent.

2. Call to Adventure
Her call is to expand her skill set. She wants a promotion but her superior officer points out that she s not a team player, and none of her other officers like working with her. Therefore needs to show these skills, in a new case in Boston, to gain the promotion to team leader.

3. Refusal of the Call
Her first meeting with Detective Shannon Mullins does not go well when, true to her usual style, circumnavigates fellow workers’ requests. She seems completely oblivious to the world around her. The ensuing fighting in the interrogation room shows complete unprofessionalism and her distinct animosity towards working with others. She tells the police officer to back off, despite her clearly having more local knowledge.

4. Meeting with the Mentor
Her phone call to her superior officer becomes her mentor meeting, she basically gets told to work with the officer or forget the promotion. She also gets a reminder that the officer has better local knowledge and team work is essential.

5. Crossing the First Threshold
Although she doesn’t acknowledge to Detective Mullins what her superior has directed her to do, she does begrudgingly start to work with the detective.

Act 2. Middle = The Action

6. Tests, Allies Enemies
This starts as she begrudgingly starts to realise that maybe the detective isn’t as unskilled as she had assumed. This section of the film brings many challenges on the case and Det. Mullins becomes her ally. Not just showing her local knowledge, but also that teamwork isn’t always hard and that it is alright to trust people.
As the film continues the competitive nature of Ashburn lessens and the two genuinely work together. Through many trials and tests Ashburn realises that complementary skill sets can help with her job & life.

7. Approach the Inmost Cave
As the investigation gets more heated, there is a scene where Ashburn is put through several trials to get information. It is at this point she is physically manhandled by Mullins in a nightclub, treated with contempt by the DEA, and Ashburn finds herself torn between using Mullins’ brother as a lure. These trials aid with her growth.

8. Ordeal
At a pinnacle moment of her growth Ashburn is removed from the case and almost dismissed by the FBI.

9. Reward
After being removed from the case Ashburn and Mullins spend a night commiserating and talking in a bar. It is at this point I believe Ashburn gains her reward. A genuine friendship. She has learned to respect and trust Mullins enough to open herself up to a friendship. She shares her life as a foster kid, and she’s not treated with the judgement she is expecting. 

Act 3. End = Consequences of action

10. The Road back
The morning after the reward Ashburn gets a way into the case through Mullins brother. Although this later turns out to be a trap, and it puts their friendship in jeopardy, it does put her back to work solving the case. She becomes singleminded again and this leads to her resurrection.

11. Resurrection
Between almost killing a man in a diner with a medical procedure she’s only watched on television; understanding the effect being a foster kid has had on her self reliant and singleminded approach to life; and finally Jason being hospitalised and nearly killed through the undercover operation, Ashburn gets her awakening. She realises she doesn’t know it all, and needs the guidance and assistance from other people.

12. Return with the Elixir
This is the realisation that she wants to work as part of a team, and moves to Boston to be near Detective Mullins. The gift from Mullins to Ashburn in her yearbook is absolutely the Elixir. To have a sister.  Together they form a collaboration and the affectionately call themselves The Heat.

Project 2 Aristotle’s Poetics

Aristotle’s Poetics

So Aristotle wrote a treatise on dramatic theory. In this he lists 4 elements which are considered essential to story telling. 1. Plot, 2. Character, 3. Thought, 4. Diction.

Research Point

Compare these to a book I have recently read to compare the 4 elements.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas. Book 7 in the Throne of Glass series.

The books are a main plot with well woven subplots. I think the main plot throughout is overcoming the monster (as defined by C. Booker in The seven basic plots). The story is set over a 7 book epic, viewed through the characters. The incredible character development begins with a rags to riches story which develops into an overcoming the monsters plot. The book is from the fantasy genre and the universe is well written.

If I had to pick a main element, I say it was characters. They are so well rounded and the story is told through their journeys. Each book often skipping between different characters to increase their development.

I don’t know what Aristotle meant by Thought and Diction. So I need to research that further.

So after a google search I think it means: Thought: I think it means WHY the characters are saying and doing what they’re doing. With Diction being the HOW they are saying and doing it? So Thought = Theory; Diction = Practice?

Still not completely sure, but then as Aristotle didn’t actually print/publish/write anything and it’s all from notes from lectures, it’s still only students’ interpretations of what he was saying.

Studying Aristotle’s Poetics 
Comparative Study of Aristotle’s Poetics