Stakes

The Right to Write by Julia Cameron p 220

 

This is a tool of self-inventory.  One more time you are asked to observe yourself as a charater and learn from that observation the nature of your own character.

Clear yourself an hour’s writing time “out.”  Settle yourself with a good cappuccino, a cup of tea, a glass of lemonade or soda.  Put pen to paper and answer these questions:

What three topics do you often read about?

What three topics do you often think about?

What are five of your favorite books?

What do these books have in common concerning theme, genre, setting, and, above all, stakes?  What do people stand to win or lose?  Love, money, health, life, death?

What are five of your favorite movies?

What do your movies have in common with your books in terms of theme, genre, setting, and, above all, stakes?

What is your favorite fairy tale?

What is your favorite childhood book?

What do your fairy tale and childhood book have in common?

List five topics you are currently thinking about.

Which of these feels “hottest?”

What did you think?