Crisis what Crisis?

It’s the summer, at least where I am, which is a great time to feel the sun on your skin, wear cute summer dresses, and have some fun.  Feel the joy of being.  Sometimes I like to sit in the sun with a cold lemonade and contemplate some of life’s bigger questions.  Today I am wondering, How important is mounting crisis to your story?images-2

If you are writing a hero story then crisis is the be all and end all.  You can’t prove that you can take action against danger if there is no danger or physical obstacle to your goal to overcome.  This is a fear driven story.

But if you are writing a story about learning who you are, and showing it to the world, you are writing a story driven by love.  If the story is about finding a way to cross the distance between your protagonist and another person, you are writing a love story.  Love doesn’t reveal itself through challenges.  It reveals itself through connection.  Connection to self, connection to another, and connection to your community or environment.

In the story of love, the obstacle is in your interior and emotional world.  You have to make a connection to your beliefs before you can grow, and you want to grow.  For example, your protagonist wants to belong and the message she gets from her environment is that membership requires certain behaviours (don’t speak until spoken to, the boss has all the good ideas, womanly behaviour is weak).  So she doesn’t shine and nobody notices her or finds her interesting.  Until one day…

enchanted-april-5or, she know that she is different from her family and they have always criticized her for the ways she is not like them.  She knocks herself down to fit in.  Unfortunately, when she meets someone who sees the beauty in her, the old pattern of knocking herself down is a rejection of his love.

You can’t receive love until you find a way to see your pattern and let it go.  Love is about connection.  Connection to self so you can connect to another.

There are times for physical crisis that drives you to action – I’m not questioning that.  But I can’t help but think there is another driver, and we don’t trust it enough to let it take its full place in the story.  It is the ability to turn inward, to awaken to what brings you joy and let that awakening be the main focus of the story.  I’m thinking, the growing connection to who you really are, through knowing what you love, and bringing it to life, even if it doesn’t make logical sense in the fear-driven, competitive, security driven world, is interesting enough to pull a story forward.

About Kim Hudson

KIM HUDSON Author of The Virgin’s Promise I grew up in the Yukon, as what I would describe as a Hero’s daughter with a Cinderella Complex. Basically life taught me many of the things I needed to know to write my first book, The Virgin's Promise. It is on a story structure for a character that needs to connect to who she really is, separate from what everyone else expects of her. It uses movie example and is equally applicable to any kind of story telling. I spent the first half of my career first as a field geologist and later as a federal land claims negotiator. It was the 80's and I was proving I could do whatever men could do. I also learned that I am fascinated with masculine/feminine dynamics. Exploring my feminine side became important to me as I raised my two daughters. This lead me to study Writing for Film and Television at Vancouver Film School, and take courses on mythology, feminism and psychology including a Jungian Odyssey in Switzerland. The theory of the Virgin's journey was developed by closely observing the archetypal expressions that are all around us in movies, music, television, advertisements and stories of personal growth, including my own. In my posts I want to introduce an archetypal structure that expands the work of Joseph Campbell on the Hero's journey to include a feminine archetype. I hope it will create stories about women and men who follow their spiritual, sexual or creative awakening, otherwise known as their feminine side. I’ve tried to use examples of male and female Virgins to show this. So go ahead and explore the ideas, tell me what movies you liked and what stories you think is also a Virgin pathway, or stories of your own personal Virgin journey.
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4 Responses to Crisis what Crisis?

  1. Kim, your comment of her knocking herself down being a rejection of her lover’s love is so powerful. I love your insights into story!
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  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Kim, this is so interesting. I’ll be thinking of this when I write my next book. Thank you!

  3. Mary Hughes says:

    Kim, I think you hit it bang on. The external crisis can only be resolved when the protagonist has faced her inner fears and grown past them. she can only achieve her goals once she is fully who she is meant to be, including the the goal of love and connection. Great post!

  4. Kim Hudson says:

    Thank you all for your comments. Great to hear from you. I am in the mountains of Chile today!

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