Twenty-Six Days of Creative Inspiration
I regret that I never got to take a class from the amazing Joseph Campbell. My own writing, as well as my teaching of writing, is heavily influenced by his template of the hero journey.
If you're not familiar with the hero journey format, here's a concise overview from Lisa Gail Green.
Let me add a quick graphic to whet your appetite.
My regret in never studying with Campbell was partially satiated when I discovered THE POWER OF MYTHS PROGRAMS. This is a series of discussions between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell on a myriad of topics including the hero journey, ritual, and mythology. They discuss the story origins in myths from around the world with both reverence and humor.
Even though I will never get to shake the warm hand and look into the wise eyes of my literary hero, I can still be a student of his precious words.
Let me entice you with some of treasures from the interviews:
“Mythology to him (Campbell) was the song of the universe, music so deeply embedded in our collective unconscious that we dance to it even when we can’t name the tune.” Bill Moyers
“Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.” Joseph Campbell
And here, my friends, is our creative call to arms:
"Artists are the myth-makers of today." Joseph Campbell
Campbell’s fascinating perspective on the world is an invaluable filter in which we can view our own writing. He will forever be my tribal elder and mentor through his works and thankfully his beautiful preserved spoken words.
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