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Write a Fantasy Adventure: Discover Mythology and Create Your Epic Tale

teacher avatar Morgan Lindsay Nelson, Writer, Essayist, & Illustrator

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14 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1: Mythology in Today's Pop Culture

    • 3. Lesson 2: Profiling Fantasy Characters

    • 4. Lesson 3: Story Basics

    • 5. Lesson 4: The Root of Obsession (or: What's at Stake?)

    • 6. Lesson 5: Maximizing Intuition

    • 7. Lesson 6: Pin Your Way to Creativity

    • 8. Lesson 7: How It All Begins

    • 9. Lesson 8: Get It Written, Stress-Free

    • 10. Lesson 9: Done Is Better Than Perfect

    • 11. Bonus Lesson: Battling Crystal Ball Clarity

    • 12. Project: Step 1

    • 13. Project: Step 2

    • 14. Project: Step 3 and Conclusion

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About This Class

In this writing class, you'll:

  • Use ancient mythology & hieroglyphics to inspire and expand your imagination.
  • Spark the idea for your own original fantasy world. 
  • Learn to write characters that readers will fall in love with and admire.  
  • Gain new perspective on your favorite fantasy books (like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games)
  • And write the first 10 pages of your epic fantasy tale (all with confidence and ease!) 


Hi, I'm Morgan Lindsay Nelson and I'm thrilled to be teaching this class here at Skillshare!

Here's a bit about myself so you know me better:

  • I am a writer and visual artist. 
  • Writing has been a constant love of mine throughout my life. 
  • I've written screenplays for the past ten years, lifestyle articles for digital startups and pen short stories.
  • I am a total nerd for all things creative.
  • I work with aspiring writers to guide them through the (sometimes-overwhelming) world of writing and energize their creativity so it all feels fresh and fun. 

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Morgan Lindsay Nelson

Writer, Essayist, & Illustrator


Morgan Lindsay Nelson is a writer, essayist, and illustrator.

Her love of teaching began back as a teacher's assistant at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and has grown to help others learn new skills in some of her favorite creative topics: writing, art, graphic design, and comic creation.

Morgan and her work has been featured on such sites as HelloGiggles, StyleCaster, Design for Mankind, and Skillshare.

Learn more here: morganlindsaynelson.medium.com

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Morgan Lindsey Nelson. And welcome to my skill share class, right, a fantasy adventure. Discover mythology and create your epic tale, this classes for you If you've ever read a book like Harry Potter and wondered just how JK Rowling dreamt up all the fantastical creatures in magical spells, or wondered how Suzanne Collins thought up the Hunger Games, you want to create a world that's just is imaginative but don't know where to begin, right? A fantasy adventure is just for you. You don't even need to have an idea coming into the class. Each lesson will guide you through the steps to stoke your imagination and not only dream up your epic story but get it written for your class project. You'll use higher cliff ICS and mythology in a really unique and personalized way to write the 1st 10 pages of your epic fantasy adventure. I can't wait to share it all with you, and I look forward to seeing you in class 2. Lesson 1: Mythology in Today's Pop Culture: less than one mythology in today's pop culture. In this lesson, you'll open your mind to mythological sources of inspiration and discover how a bestselling creative has utilized it first. What is mythology? Mythology is the collective miss of a group of people, their body of stories, which they tell to explain nature, history and customs, or the study of such miss. One of the more familiar figures in mythology is Zeus, the Greek god of sky and thunder. Mythology is very from region to region all around the world. But for this class we will be focusing primarily on ancient Greek mythology. I'm gonna share a particular myth with you. Let me know if it sounds familiar. I have a feeling it might. This is the myth of PCs to stop King minus of Crete from attacking Athens every great year . The king of Athens sent seven boys and seven girls to the island of Crete. There they were eaten by a monster called The Minute are until one year Prince Thesis of Athens volunteered to go as 1/7 boy so he could slay. The minutes are in Crete. King, minus his daughter, Princess Arianna, be fell in love with PCs and gave him clues of how to overcome the minute are, which he successfully defeated. It sounds kind of like the Hunger Games, doesn't it? In fact, Suzanne Collins cited this myth as an inspiration for the trilogy. It's hard to choose one element that inspired the hunger Games, says Suzanne Collins. Probably the first seeds were planted when, as an eight year old with a mythology obsession, I read the story of PCs. Another mythological presence in the Hunger Games is Diana, the Roman goddess of the Hunt, which has a very strong parallel to the hero heroine of the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen, who hunts and has archery skills which help her in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games was created by something that was of interest to an intrigue. Suzanne Collins You have something interest and intrigues you. We just talked to identify it. For extra credit, make a list of your interests, whether past or present, shows, stories, art, even food style or fads. An era. This will help you get your mind primed to shape the idea for your project coming up in the next video part. Two. Lesson to profiling fantasy characters 3. Lesson 2: Profiling Fantasy Characters: heart to story elements. These lessons will assist you in steps one and two of your project. Lesson two Profiling fantasy characters. In this lesson, you'll get to know your star character and know how to make a captivating character profile . Creating your main character can be daunting. It is really overwhelming thinking of how to form your idea into words that will then create a fully dimensional character. But it doesn't have to be a scary, overwhelming or even daunting process. And I'm going to let this quote from Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin tell you why. I often quote Faulkner, who said in his speech after winning the Nobel Prize, that the human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about. And I've always agreed with that. It's true, no matter what genre, you're writing it. Even if there are dragons and it or it's about a private detective or a Western gun slinger , it's still ultimately about the human heart and conflict with itself, or it's not worth reading. George R. R. Martin. How does this help you create your character? Well, it helps a lot, since what George is talking about is exploring the human condition, which is what mythology was built around the personifications and metaphors, which explained, like the mythology banks supplied in your project assignment will help you to find such inspiration to create your fantasy character. But before we dive into the secret formula to profile your character, here's one last quote. Miss, lay out pretty clearly what is on the human smorgasbord. What we want, what we fear, what we would like to have, what we would very much not like to have those human fears and human desires really have not changed. And they're reflected in the miss that have been with us for a long time. Margaret Atwood, author Here is your character profile formula. Sympathy, admiration, desirable skills, values, social standing and a contrast obstacle equal a very captivating character to give you more of an idea of how those actually work in a character, we're gonna look at Mr Harry Potter. Harry Potter, also known as the Boy who Lived, has as a character sympathy established by the fact that he is an orphan. We first meet Harry, and he's living with his evil relatives, the Durst Lease. They have a living in the cupboard underneath the stairs while they spoiled their own son, who was Harry. Same age and Harry is ostracised. He is bullied by Draco Malfoy when he goes to Hogwarts. So those things create sympathy. We see him being beaten down. Harry has desirable suit skills are established in the fact that he is a gifted wizard in a skilled flyer and Quidditch player. Those things are skills that people wish they had for themselves. But they look at him and say, like I want to be that way, that kind of desire here he has admirable qualities, ones of valor, ones that show him being being his true self. And that's clever and brave in somebody who sticks up for himself and as well as others here is values and social standings are displayed in the fact that he is a loyal friend and he believes in good and is part of the noble Griffin Door House. Here is contracting. Obstacle is the fact that he has an evil opposing force. He is an obvious circle that is a direct contrast to who Harry is. Harry is good and bolder, more being evil. There's some questions. Ask yourself to get started and profiling your character. What could my characters tagline be? For example, Harry Potter is the boy who lived because when Voldemort attacked his family, his parents were killed, and he survived with just a little lightning bolt shaped scar on his forehead. What describes the your character's role in life when the story begins? What badger stigma did they carry? What event or complication in your character's life could make readers sympathize with, UM, what desirable skills and admirable qualities could they possess? What is their social standing? What does the people who they choose is their friends say about their values? If you get stuck in one a short cut only the make a list of your characters basic traits likes dislikes and then asked a single question. Why? Knowing what is behind their likes, dislikes, choices, etcetera will give your character dimension. It will help fill in the more complex sides of their personality before you know it. Here's the extra credit. As we move on to the next video, think about what contrast an obstacle your character can face. Coming up in the next video. Less than three story basics 4. Lesson 3: Story Basics: less than three story basics. In this lesson, you'll understand the structure of a satisfying plot and learn how to fill out your story map. This is called Fried Talks. Pyramid is created by 1/19 century German author and novelist. Outline the plot points in a successful story. So what we start with is the exposition, which is how the story begins, leading toothy inside an incident which is a disruption in the world as it is in the beginning that we have been introduced to and then rise in action, which is Siris of events leading to the major climax and then the following. Our church has a big blowout that then can be resolved in the resolution, the Dean Ouma, which is the exact opposite of the exposition, which is the story coming to a close. The exposition is the introduction to the world as it is describing the characters the setting in the key information. Your project will mainly focus on the introduction. What is important happen idea of what the inciting incident will be, because that is going to be where your first pages are leading. The inciting incident is the disruption in the world the disruption that causes change and provokes your hero, your main character to take action. Think of the disruption as what will lead your character to their contrast ing obstacles, which we discussed in lesson to what disruption will eventually bring your character face to face with their obstacle in the Hunger games, For example, the disruption and Katniss Everdeen is life is when her sister, Prim, is selected as a tribute in the 74th Hunger Games. This causes Katniss to volunteer in Primis Place. The disruption is what leads her to face her obstacle, which is surviving in the hands of the capital. In Harry Potter, the destruction is when Harry receives is admissions letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This puts him in the world where he learns up and eventually faces full dimmer, the man who evil man who not just demand that an evil man who killed his parents. Here's some examples of contrast in obstacles. Good versus people like Harry Potter versus Voldemort. Integrity versus survival is in the Hunger games, humanity versus immortality like in twilight. And those are just examples. I want you to remember that the possibilities here are Onley limited by your imagination. Here's some extra credit for a great example of the expositions. Sasha Introduction. How to set everyday life. Seen an established character? Read the first chapter of the Hunger Games and here's a free resource for you. You can catch the very beginning on amazon dot coms Kindle Look inside feature coming up in the next video. Less than four. The root of obsession I'll see you there. 5. Lesson 4: The Root of Obsession (or: What's at Stake?): listen for the fruit of obsession or what's at stake in this lesson. You'll devise your characters main drive and learn to construct devotion. Obsession. It's a word that we as writers, all want readers teens when talking about our work. After all, obsession fuels so much of our own devotion in glee. It makes us turn each page of the book with such excitement. When you write to create obsession, it becomes all about what happens to your characters. But the secret of it is readers will only become obsessed when they can relate. Relatability is key, no matter how fantastical or otherworldly your story is. When you equip your star character with basic human drive and desires, readers will get behind them care and see themselves in them. As humans, we have a core set of needs toe love and be loved by friends, family and through intimacy, tohave safety, meaning shelter protection from pain and avoiding loss and have a steam acknowledgement of status worth being included and appreciated. Here are some examples from popular characters to show how their drive and desire stems from this core set of need. What drives Harry Potter is his desire to have a family. What drives Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games is her desire to protect herself in her family. What drives teary in Lannister from the game of Throne, Siri's or a solemn fire and ice is his desire to be worthy of love. What drives Bella Swan from Twilight is her desire to love and be with Edward Cullen, forever going back to obsessions stemming from what happens to your character. What really fuels this obsession is when your characters drives and desires are at stake. Just imagine if nothing was at stake in Twilight, Bella and Edward would have uneventfully read. Boring ended up together in the first book. No sequel or saga would have followed, but instead their relationship being Bella's driving desire was put in jeopardy by bad vampires. Good vampires, werewolves, you name it. We became we, as readers became invested in same Bella and Edward come together, overcoming the odds and obstacles piled up against them. What we want out of this story is essentially what we want for ourselves. We all need to be loved. So seen Bella and Edward's love prevail instinctively became our obsession because we protected and had such a vested interest in this core need as if it were our own. And that is the secret of obsession coming up in the next video. Part three. Lesson five, maximizing intuition. 6. Lesson 5: Maximizing Intuition: heart. Three. Strengthening your text. These lessons will give you the tools to make steps two and three of your project. Be fun. Easy, breezy in clear Lesson five. Maximizing intuition In this lesson, you'll utilize your intuition to fuel your writing process. Intuition is a thing one knows or considers likely, from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning. Being intuitive is connecting to an effortless level in yourself. Where you feel is the place where thinking becomes secondary. You know what you want to write before you even thought I want to write. In this zone of intuition lies your secret weapon that will give your writing and ideas an edge. Utilizing intuition to shape your ideas means one identifying a feeling like when you're presented with a group of items and you naturally gravitate toe one item in particular to don't play into talking yourself out of it. Go with your gut reaction. You know intuition in the form of that excited feeling that catches in your chest. It was a belief in a connection toe what you choose to write that you cannot manufacture. That's why it makes your writing so strong and all the more original just like you approaching your project with this, As simple as it sounds, is going to help you shape your best, most authentic tail and really come in handy and will make all the difference when you approach the mythology bank in step one of your project coming up in the next video Lesson six in your way to creativity. 7. Lesson 6: Pin Your Way to Creativity: Lesson six In your way to creativity in this lesson, you'll learn a mix and match trick to create mood boards that will keep you connected to your fantasy adventure. A mood board is a place to keep images and clippings of whatever you imagine when thinking of your fantasy world. It helps keep you in touch with your vision and facilitates creative out of the box, thinking you can create your mood board using Pinterest or old fashioned scissors and magazines and paper and paste. There are two types of mood boards that I recommend using. The first is called the Blend Board. It's a place to brainstorm unique creatures and hybrids that are inspired by realized things, and the second is an inspiration board. Basic as all can be. It's where you can pin images of places, people, events and objects that inspire your story and also more unique elements like colors, texture and light. Anything that evokes the mood that you feel when you think of your story. With Pinterest, you can create your bored really easily in secret boards were made for this. I use it on my mobile phone so you can take it wherever you go, you can search any words or things that come to mind and really tap into your intuition. Here it's a select images from each search. Here is an example of the blood on board the griffin, the mythological creature that is half eagle, half lion. This is something where you can bring something like that toe life you can take to real life elements and fuse them into one. You can create something that has never been done before, and that's the magic of it. Also the mocking Jay, which is heart jabber J, which I have represented here with the Blue Jay in Part Mockingbird. It's based on a hybrid between a riel and a fictional bird, but it still has the same effect of making a hybrid character that's truly unique. The Inspiration Board. I search random words. Sometimes images come up that I just love and gravitate towards how to find the thing that you're envisioning, and just putting the little pieces together could be so much fun. It won't even feel like work coming up in the next video lesson. Seven. How it all begins 8. Lesson 7: How It All Begins: less than seven. How it all begins in this lesson, you'll learn to locate the best hint latest place to start your story. In addition to telling your imaginative story, you also need to keep your readers attention. You don't want someone to stop reading two paragraphs in you want your story to start out and keep going strong? Well, you should write what you want first and worry about the rest later. There is a simple quick check trick that will help you along the way in every stage. What is the track cut to the most relevant piece of action by dispensing with lead ins or filler information? Here's an example. Let's pretend that you're wanting to write a character hurrying to their car in the morning . An example. One. I ran down the front steps so quickly and felt like I was flying my feet, slapped against the paper with a jolt that made me wish I hadn't gotten down the rest of the orange juice with my last bite of oatmeal. The liquid slashed in my belly. As I hurried to the car, I felt like I could burst. The minivan sat in the driveway, glimmering in the dawning light. To my tired eyes, it looked like a shadow of a monster waiting unsuspected Lee to rear its ugly head at me. Example. Two. There was no way I was turning the lights on. I had already been shocked enough from the alarm waking me up. I brush my teeth and showered in the dark. By the time I finished, the light had begun to spread across the sky. Outside casting is only light through my windows. Nice and softly, I gobbled oatmeal and O J down the tangy liquid, made the sticking mush slide down my gullet with greater ease. I ran down my friends steps so quickly it felt like I was flying an example. One. The objective is clear. The character is hurrying to their car. It also covers that they're in a tired state in the early morning, an example to by leading with waking up, getting ready and eating before rushing to their car. It creates a more tedious laden to the desired action. The reader is primed for a different journey. The deviates from the objective. So what you can dio to put this into action for your project is ask yourself what is my objective and am I addressing that right away? And you can. Everything that would lead with you can work in and weave it into that. But starting later in the action and not telling the story leading up to that action will make readers keep reading and make your writing. So much for effective coming up in the next video Heart four. Lesson eight. Get it written. Stress free. I'll see you there. 9. Lesson 8: Get It Written, Stress-Free: heart for put it in the action. These lessons will be your go to Rx for starting your project any other writing or if you ever get stuff, Lesson eight. Get it written Stress free. In this lesson, you'll give yourself permission to create and get your words on the page without burning out. A lot of people say, in order to take writing seriously, you have to write every day or a certain amount of time or words. Let's face it. That's a lot of pressure. But I respectively disagree with that being the Hindle be all definition to taking writing seriously because there's another angle to it that many don't acknowledge. Writing isn't as literal as it sounds. Writing first and foremost is about how you think is about opening your mind as if it were a blank page and filling it with your ideas, letting them ebb and flow. When you give yourself permission to think this way, you'll find that sitting down toe literally right will seem less obligation. More Second, nature have no fears, no filters. What makes a serious writer, then My definition is that you eliminate the pressure and make every form of writing and true pleasure that is taking it seriously because the greatest work comes from creating under the pretense of fun and enjoyment. Coming up in the next video Lesson nine Done is better than. 10. Lesson 9: Done Is Better Than Perfect: Lesson nine done is better than perfect. In this lesson, you'll gain the powerful mindset shift to keep going. Despite death, something that's written is always better than something unwritten. It is better to get it on the page than let worries over technicality like spelling syntax except trust stop you. Everything can be rewritten. In fact, it's essential. Rewriting is an experience that kin toe a sculpture chiseling away on a block of stone. Except you have more freedom, like the undo button in previous drafts. If you chisel away too much, Don is truly better than perfect. Getting your brilliant words on the page first is the biggest and greatest accomplishment coming up in the next video bonus lesson. Battling crystal ball clarity. 11. Bonus Lesson: Battling Crystal Ball Clarity: your bonus lesson battling crystal ball clarity In this lesson, you'll discover the perfect dosage of information to reveal to your readers you have the gift of being the creator of your writing. You know what is happening to your characters before anyone else? Well, this is a gift. It also could be a bit of a curse when you aren't aware of how easily your writing can turn into a crystal ball crystal ball, meaning a clear understanding of future events that others do not have. Readers who are completely left out of the story loop equal, confused readers. But you do not want shows we watch on TV make the crystal ball seem like a great technique keeping information at bay, creating curiosity and resulting in the urge to tune in week after week, many of times of which we never get the info we hope toe learn. But in writing, the reader wants to be a part of the story in a whole other way by continuously clue in the reader. In even when you might think it would be more suspenseful to keep them in the dark, you still can keep them wondering because even when something is revealed. There always are three questions that linger and can be leveraged. Why? How? In what? Why is this happening? Why did that happen? Why did they do that? How did that happen? How did they do that? How can that be? And my favorite? What's next? Take Harry Potter. The first chapter begins giving the Dursley his view that the Potters are shamefully a little different. Then Mr Dursley begins to experience this particular day. Strangely seen flying owls, people wearing clothes and somebody calling him a Muggle. J. K. Rowling didn't come out and say that the Potters Air Wizards at first, but she didn't keep that info tucked away, either. Instead, she unfolded it in little bits of knowledge that could easily be pieced together, an inferred by the reader to come to the conclusion of magic. Then, when she finally came out and said, the Potters are wizards, then the readers felt included proud even that they saw it coming, too. Being aware of the power of clarity and letting the readers in on what you know is coming next pays off in spades because you save readers from confusion which is on Lee a benefit to you coming up in the next video, your project excitement 12. Project: Step 1: you were project assignment for Step one of your project, you're going to be using the mythology bank attachment to write your name and hire a cliff ICS and look up the miss attached each letter in your name. You're wondering why use your name and why use. Hire a cliff ICS In this project, it's because it's away toe. Have the miss come to you because higher a cliff ICS are such a visual language by connecting the high regular sex symbol for each letter to a myth with a common element, it takes the search away. Instead of reading through the hundreds and hundreds of miss, they're selected for you in this unique and personalized manner. For example, the foot higher ecliptic symbol for the letter B connects you to the story of a Keeley's in his heel, the AL symbol for em. He'd see the myth of an underworld Gardner turned evil omen. From these miss, you have all the elements and inspiration to cracked your story, use what interests and intrigues you to really shape it. Follow your intuition and see how Miss can make your fantasy adventure something truly awesome. Here, I'm gonna walk you through all the steps to fill out the mythology bank in step one of your project. So first, we're going to begin with spelling your name with higher a cliff ICS and I mean it. Zoom in here so you can see a little bit better. What I've done is I've checked here to slept, so I have, um, o R g a and end selected. And you just click to select or de slept pretty simple. And also, if you want to see her name printed out in full, you can visit one of these translation sites that I have links to here in the pdf, You can just click it directly, and it will open up a window that will take you to that website right now, what we're gonna do is to view the myth that is attached to each higher Olympic symbol for each letter we're just going to clip and then here it pulls up. Um, it So this one is about the king of birds and about Zeus. If I wanted to go back toe, look at the at the key of the higher a cliff ICS and the letters you just click this header up here anywhere there and it will take you back so you can go on. Just click and squirrel through. And what I've already done here is I've started to use the highlight feature. So what I do is just click over here to comment and then click highlight and I can select the text and it becomes yellow. And also has Kattegat categorized here so you can see and then also if I want to go back and tight, I just can click here and close out of that and we will be using typing in a little bit. Look again if I want to, and it's just giving the time to go over and soak them in. And here I like the idea of transformation and jealousy. I think that would be really fun to explore. Gonna scroll all the way through these to the last pages. Here is the idea section of the Mythology bank. We start here with ideas for your main character and I'll go through an address each specific. When the I filled in. Right now, we'll just go through all the general ones. Ideas for characters and creatures, ideas for your fantasy land or world ideas here. Contracting obstacle. What could happen in the story in my favorite, what interested intrigues me that I could add to my miss? And when I say my miss, I mean, they missed that have been attached to the letters of my name that we talked about earlier . This is what I was inspired to start with. I love old films in the Criterion Collection, and the myth of Pandora really stood out to me. So I thought of the movie Pandora's Box, starring Louise Brooks, that made me really inspired to name my character, Brooks and the myth of Dim Eaters priestesses that helped me realize I want a sanctuary and I love English Gardens. So I thought that would be the coolest thing tohave going back to the top. We'll work our way down from there, and all started with the Louise Brooks Bob in my head, all stemming from Pandora's Box. And this is a place to just be really intuitive and kind of put together. Puzzle pieces put on idea in an idea. An association association together and before you know it might not feel like you have a really solid idea but it turns into one. You just have to let yourself flow with it. Other characters. I thought it would be cool to have a hybrid world where there's humans and her pure, bred, engineered humans in wizards masquerading as pure bred humans. Anything it doesn't have to be concrete. Anything that pops into your mind right down for the fantasy land the world again, going back to a sanctuary, a secret garden where the humans are engineered in a world like our own. But one with secret wizard control and going to the second page. I would not exactly sure at this point what the contrast knob School B, and that's okay. If you don't know, just leave it blank and what could happen. Preliminary ideas. My character, Brooks could be a human and threatened to become engineered. Whether that be a robot or fantasy being bottom line, she does not want it invites to escape, so that already is a conflict that is brought out. So that is just a basic idea of how you can use this section of the mythology bank and the mythology bank as a whole. Just flow and know that there is nothing wrong that you can do in this. Everything that you do for this is right. You just have to believe that you can not judge and believe in your own creativity. And you'll have so much fun. And don't forget to go upto file and click. Save and save it to your computer. I'll be back to walk you through Step two next. 13. Project: Step 2: in Step two of your project, you'll let your imagination run wild and use the miss to start creating your personalized fantasy adventure with the attached story map. Why story, Matt? Even though your 1st 10 pages are focusing on the introduction, it's helpful to have your basic story idea mapped out that way. You know where it's all leading, However, if you're not sure how it will end, don't worry. You can leave that part blank for now. But at the very least, I recommend filling in the 1st 4 elements of your map your main character type of species or creature fantasy world in destruction of world. And also I want to remind you that you can always revisit your map when you don't know what to write. Ask yourself this. What can I right next that will lead my character on this journey? I'm gonna walk you through how to use the story map for Step two and the bonus principles that go along with it. Oh, squirrel passes and get straight to the good stuff. Here is your story map. Reduce the size. You didn't see the whole thing. The main character is a species slash creature from the name of the world that you're creating, who is faced with a disruption in the world. Those are the four elements that I want you to focus on if dealing with the rest of it and filling out the end of this story is too overwhelming at this point, he just focus on those Those will assist you in your 1st 10 pages. What I'm doing is carrying over from the brainstorming that I did in the ideas that I got in Step one. The mythology bait and we just went through. My character is still Brooks and I have decided that she's going to be a 19 year old human woman. I'm having it placed in a poor, modern day London. But the thing that makes it fantasy is that this London is hiding a secret sect of warlocks called the rope looks. From there, I'm thinking of what the inciting incident will be. What is the disruption that is going to lead her to her contrast in Obstacle? This you won't be probably writing, but knowing that that's where it's going to, you can help set up the world as it is to pave the way for this. I've decided that this whole inciting incident and disruption will be that a doctor who has been obsessed with her looks and pursuing her at her street cart job is killed in front of her. After telling her about the roadblocks and they're engineered, humans called the Lexus alongside her neighbor, a hustler named Hugo, the character that I designed to be her companion and partner in crime. In fighting the roadblocks, Brooks has to outsmart a growing sea of clones who want to turn her into one of them at the behest of the roadblocks who are manipulating the world around her to trap her and preserve their secret. Ultimately, she triumphs by discovering and infiltrating the roadblocks of sanctuary, where she overloads the Reflection board, cutting off power to each of the luck, says Excelsior coins, which are power sources and secret riches embedded in each of their mouths. Now, so much of this is extracted from the mist that I had chosen for me in the mythology bank and the ones I just intuitively was drawn to. There is the myth, a Pandora, which is how I was inspired to create May character Brooks and have beauty and engineered beauty. You're part of my story. Additionally, the myth of underworld ferry on the river sticks. Each corpse in the ferry has a coin underneath their tongue that inspired what would be this Excelsior coins in the sanctuary in dim eaters priestesses, which is the myth attached to the last so high Radcliffe IQ for the letter o So much of this is interwoven, but when you look at it, you wouldn't necessarily know it. And that's the secret sauce of it all. And it's a combination of things I love and am inspired by, as well as the inspiration from the higher Cliff ICS and the Miss. So once you get this done, this is really gonna help. You always can take your 10 pages further. This will be exactly what you need to keep your story going. And these are all the questions all the things that we outlined in video lessons two and four, and there to add to and further develop your characters. This is something if you crave more depth for the attack line of my character. I was thinking, thrown away beauty. She doesn't want to be tossed away She's healing old wounds. She feels unwanted. So that's what she starts out the story with. What I'm using to that sympathy for my character is quite a lot, but it doesn't have to be this in depth. This is just that she's had a very hard life from that. I'm paving the way to have her completely reinvent herself to be super self sufficient, super tough. This part list the basic traits, likes and dislikes. This is a quick, a quicker version than the previous questions. If you just want to address this area here, you are more than welcome just to focus on this right random things that you feel like your character likes. And then you just say Why? Why does she like garbage? Maybe she thinks that it's like buried treasure, and that stems from a personality trait and something on the inside that she harbors. And it's very fun to pull that out on. The final page is all about the core needs, and this is this pages dedicated Set. What will help you build obsession for your character, for my character. Brooks, what drives her is being self reliant by her own doing to prove that she is a capable single woman. The desire that speaks to a core need is that she wants to be safe. She wants to live safely. How can her drive and desire be it steak? The roadblocks? They want to make her into one of them. After this robe, disgruntled human doctor spills their beans to Brooks. They want to take away her life. They want to take away her mind, her choices, everything that gives her the ability to be safe and be capable. So then you can just break down exactly how this can happen in specific ways. She's hunted by them, and in the hunt, her safety is jeopardized. Her world is distorted by the roadblocks, making her worst fears come true. In an attempt to try to trap her and keep her for movie and around, she has to navigate through these false realities. So this is just again. There's no wrong way to do this on Lee. What comes to you is right, and everything that you do with this is exactly what you need to be doing. I will leave you with that, and I'll be back to walk you through Step three next 14. Project: Step 3 and Conclusion: your Step three of your project, you're finally going to sit down and write the 1st 10 pages of your epic tale. First, you can start by creating a document in Google Drive, and I'll walk you through how to do that shortly, for this example amusing Google Drive. But you also can use Google Dogs, which is accessible via docks dot google dot com. It's really similar how to create and share a document. Feel free to choose for yourself, but for my examples, I'm gonna be using Google Drive. I recommend that you create a new document for each draft. That's an important things. You can share your progress and get feedback on each draft that you do and also be able to go back and make some changes and pull some things from previous draft that you see that you would like to use in your current one to deliver your project. What you're going to do is use the share feature in Google Drive to generate a link to your drafts and eventually, when you're all finished, your final 10 pages that you'll put into your project. So here we are in Google Drive and you can just access it by typing and dr dot google dot com. And if you have a Google account already like a Gmail account, you're all set up. If you don't have an account with Google, you can create a free one very easily. It will lead you through all the steps. So once you're in Dr, you're just going to go over here and click Create, and it will give you some options and we're going to select the document. It will open a new page, and you can just click up here to rename it, start typing and all changes Air saved, but automatically does that for you, which is a really nice and then, when you're getting to the point, rude, done and wanting to share over here and click share. And right now the default is that it's private clicks. Terrible link here, and you'll turn that feature on Make sure that anyone with the link and view so anyone who the all your classmates will be able to see your draft and you just copy this by hitting Commander Control. See, depending on whether you're on a Mac or a PC, and paste it into your project. It was pretty easy. That's all that you have to do and then click done and that's it. We'll be ready to write and share your epic tale. What's next? First check out the full project assignment page and then click. Start your project. Have fun, post your progresses it go. And don't forget to discuss and share with your classmates all here to support you and cannot wait to see your epic tick.