“You enter the extraordinary by way of the ordinary.” ~Frederick Buechner
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Build a Story World
History Cont'd Cities
week one you did a freewrite and list exercise with cities. In week two you
looked at building habitat with its legends and history and landmarks. Here you
pull them together to decide which cities in your world are to have prominence,
based on history then and history now.
three cities: one modern, one middle-aged, and one ancient within your world’s
timeline. What is the key historical focus of each city/town? If it lost its
prominence—why? Was it once a major seaport and is now a land-locked desert?
approach is to look at the ‘ghost towns’ of your country. Were they bustling
towns based on gold or another mineral and when they dried up everyone left? Or
perhaps a new form of transportation made a once major city obsolete, like the
railroads did in many countries as they bypassed some well known towns for others. In what areas did a population leave due to changes, such as many stage-coach routes lost their livelihood when the railroads took over.
Share: Which historical focus gave the strongest emotional
I am an author, a freelance content editor, a writing workshop instructor, and a writing coach. I write fiction novels and short stories, and nonfiction reflective journals, workshops and poetry. I am an avid reader, an occasional knitter and love to watch the ocean or see a good movie.
Albert Einstein said, “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge.” Einstein called his imagination “a holy curiosity.
As readers and movie buffs we enjoy the drama and universal feelings of love, revenge, greed, hope. “When the shoe fits”, we can tap into these versions, add our own imagination, and enrich our own stories. We begin to identify metaphors for ourselves, our characters and our readers and become more attuned to feelings and beliefs. We often find emotional heritage—our touchstones—in our personal history, literature, scripture, folk-tales, songs and culture.
Jane Yolen says, “Folklore reflects the society that creates it. Modern art tales…. take on this mirroring quality, too.” According to Roland Hein, G.K. Chesterton believed that everyday life is permeated with mythic qualities. “One must have the eyes and the ears to see.”
So in Mythic Impact we will open our ears and eyes to a holy curiosity, building bridges through chaos and confusion, to search out illuminations.