We as humans are meaning, making machines. We are hardwired for narrative. We struggle to make sense of our experiences and existence so we cast it in stories. We are driven to be impassioned by what we see, hear or smell. Example:  Television, Theatre, Books, Nature...

The primal man sat by the fire and listened to stories then went out and became a warrior, or priest, or something to that effect.

What we do when we become impassioned, is kind of like what the practicing Christian renaissance era would have done with a patron saint. We adopt our heroes as a right of confirmation, and use them as a touchstone. Quite possibly, even mimic their behaviors.

In essence, we are buying into a narrative, or mythology. If it is a mythology, it tells us how to relate to our fellow human beings: the tribal mentality.

Mythology is a way we use metaphor to describe the unknown. A myth is a metaphor to describe our own existence. It is an attempt to understand the part of our lives we don’t see.





—Don't be condascending!
We read fiction as an escape. Imagine as a teen, spending a long day in school, learning boring lessons ‘cause you’re supposed to, having everyone from parents to teachers to employers telling you what to do, how to think, what to wear, then picking up a novel—and having someone else trying to shove another lesson down your throat! I can’t imagine a bigger let down.

—Respect the Reader!
Being more efficient with your writing shows your readers respect, therefore allowing you to become more intimate with them.

—Push the Envelope of Ideas and Thoughts.
We are trendsetters; especially teens—always looking to differentiate themselves from others. It’s how we/we've  forged our own identities. Coming up with a fresh idea will set you apart from the pack and might be the thing that sparks an editor’s interest in your workush the Envelope of ideas and thoughts:  

—Find the Time to Write
Writers need time to write and you should always know when you’re the most creative throughout the day. Identify when you’re at your peak so that at those times you can get the most out of writing. Personally, my time is in the morning when I first wake up. I am unadulterated by life's stresses at that point (speaking of...)

—Avoid Mental Deterrents
Life stresses can cause a mental deterrent when trying to “relax” and let creativity flow. Choose your battles wisely and meditate! None of us lead perfect lives; we are filled with stress at work. Outside of that, you choose your destiny. If those around you (social circles + family) are dramatic or trivial, you may opt to limit your relationship with them. Remember if you're a serious writer, these may be steps you have to take to ensure you keep a clear-mind while perservering through that novel, etc:






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The Power of 
Story-Telling
Life Shrinks and Expands in Proportion to one's Courage
--Robert Walter - The Joseph Campbell Foundation
--Kay Allenbaugh
Lessons on 
Writing Fiction
--Regina Brooks
--Regina Brooks
--George Saunders
--Sylvia Hubbard
--Sylvia Hubbard
Compiled by: James A. McDonnell
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