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Episode Forty-Nine: Who Is the Enemy?

If the human being was born for adversity … and if the Warrior Archetype was implanted within our psyche (or evolved on its own) to assist us in fighting wars … what war should we fight?

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Inciting Incident #8

We were talking last week about one of the qualities of the Inciting Incident, the moment in Act One when the story actually STARTS. We said that

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Episode Forty-Seven: Are You a Western Hero?

Why has the genre of the American Western retained such power generation to generation?

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Episode Forty-Six: A Digression: The Western Movie

The hero in American Westerns (and Samurai tales and post-apocalyptic movies like “Mad Max”) is the Warrior Archetype personified, at least in its latter-day configuration of the solitary man of violence, who lives by his own code and operates as a law unto himself.

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The Inciting Incident #7

I wrote this in Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t:

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Episode Forty-Five: The Sarissa’s Song

What lies beyond the Warrior Archetype? In this episode we revisit the moment in India when Alexander the Great’s army reached the limits of its conquests and turned around for home.

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Episode Forty-Four: The Soldier and the Sage

The yogis of Alexander’s India sat in silence, naked in the sun.

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Resistance and Mass Hysteria

One of the things a writer realizes when she first becomes aware of her own Resistance—her internal, diabolical pull toward self-sabotage—is that it’s a dangerous world … not just “out there,” but “in here.”

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Episode Forty-Three: The Naked Wise Men

“I have conquered the need to conquer the world” means “I have defeated the dark side of the Warrior Archetype within me.”

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