In the whole mythological journey, the woman is there.
The Hero already has power as a man. In essence, the screenwriter would be missing the point of writing a female driven story if they choose to ignore the female elements of conflict that women are faced with. Men and women deal with very different types of conflict and that has to be showcased within the confines of each of their types of journeys. There are many such stories to tell. Hollywood is looking for such stories.
They are actively seeking out voices that can bring such stories to the forefront.
The Heroine's Journey: Woman's Quest for Wholeness
In fact, since women account for just 15 percent of sector screenwriting employment and are outnumbered by more than three-to-one among screenwriters, according to an early summary of the Hollywood Writers Report, male screenwriters — the vast majority — should be the ones to lead the continued charge, then forcing Hollywood to adapt and accept female voices to drive that percentage up.
Katniss had her support team in The Hunger Games. Wonder Woman had Steve and their collected posse of supporting characters.
There is no right or wrong way to write any story as long as there is a great story to tell and a great character to follow through the journey of that story. That decision was made not to chase a trend, but to add depth to the concept and character. Women face more conflict than men, thus the screenplay benefits because as most should know, conflict is everything. Without conflict, there is no compelling and intriguing story to tell.
What would happen if you flipped that gender? And that changed the character-type for the better in many ways.
More conflict. More depth. All because of the gender flip. Whatever your situation may be, just know that we are at the dawn of an exciting time where a new array of characters and concepts centered around female characters is coming to light. Audiences have shown up for such films in droves.
And when the audience comes, the powers that be in Hollywood and beyond take notice.
Maureen Murdock’s Heroine’s Journey Arc
Guest blogger Ken Miyamoto has worked in the film industry for nearly two decades, most notably as a studio liaison for Sony Studios and then as a script reader and story analyst for Sony Pictures. What an inspiring set of questions. I find myself in your words, line by line. Thank you! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
In Collaboration , Work Flow. Note: Saundra Goldman is a smart, quietly powerful mentor and leader. Those are the questions Saundra has been living. I was exhausted and disconnected from any kind of creative work. What pieces are you ready to reclaim? How could you integrate your deep knowledge of the creative process with your head for business?
The Heroine's Journey by Maureen Murdock - Read Online
How might your days and weeks reflect the ebb and flow between the two? What is your grail?
What do you desire deeply beyond any thought of external approval or definition of success? The Heroine's Journey. Description This book describes contemporary woman's search for wholeness in a society in which she has been defined according to masculine values. Drawing upon cultural myths and fairy tales, ancient symbols and goddesses, and the dreams of contemporary women, Murdock illustrates the need for—and the reality of—feminine values in Western culture today.
Exploring and Documenting Life-Affirming Alternatives to the Hero's Journey
Flap copy A 9 stage process that entails at first rejecting feminine values, making it in the man's world, experiencing spiritual death, and finally turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the feminine. The journey requires serious, often frightening, wandering before one's true identity and power are known. Like the journey Murdock describes, there are no cheap, easy lessons. There are many rich, rewarding lessons, but these are gained only through integrity, courage, and the willingness to meet challenge with all the resources one can muster.
A fine, warm, and insightful book.