The story journey for the character.
In most stories the main character has to go on a journey. Sometimes that is a journey from one place to another and sometimes not. But they usually have an epiphany. A realisation and / or change of mind, sometimes good, sometimes bad!
A bit like this.
"I think that Elephants are scary and horrible. I hate Elephants! They are big and frightening so I shall stay in the car on this Safari thanks. You all go off into the bush and find your precious Elephants. Bye!"
"Oh no! There are Lions coming towards the Jeep I’ll start the Jeep and drive off! The Jeep has broken down. Oh no! I am surrounded by lions and they want to eat me!
Now I can see Elephants coming towards me as well! Help! This is so scary! The Elephants have surrounded the Jeep. I am going to die!!!
The Elephants are attacking the Jeep and I am so scared! Where is everyone?
No, wait a minute. The Elephants are pushing the Jeep along the track away from the Lions.
The Lions have run away from the Elephants. The Elephants have pushed me to safety away from the Lions.
The Elephants are smiling at me? Gosh how I love Elephants!"
Very basic but that is the personal journey. A change of attitude from what the hero first thinks is true. We also all recognise the truth at the beginning that Elephants are nice or maybe we don’t?
Every Hero needs to go on that journey because that is the journey that we take with them.
We have a physical journey, emotional journey and a personal discovery all in one short time line.
My aim in these workshops is to make it easier for children to understand how to write a story. So D J Cattrell is not just about books but about giving kids practical easy structures to understand all aspects of stories and how important they are in life from newspaper articles to Greek Myths around television programmes and over the hill of history. Stories are what we are, how we remember our world and how we make sense of it.
Wednesday 17th August 2016