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The Masks of the Dealer -- The Dealer as Mentor

{Spoiler warning for the 2015 video game Hand of Fate}

In The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler explains that the Mentor archetype “is expressed in all those characters who teach and protect heroes and give them gifts.” These are the Gandalfs, Obi-Wan Kenobis, and fairy godmothers of fictional worlds. Yet the Dealer also performs these functions.

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Writing Prompts 19

I hope all of my American readers had a happy Fourth of July. Here’s some writing prompts to keep your summer groove rolling.

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The Sword in Lake Mitchell, Part 4

That evening, Kaelyn walked out to Lake Mitchell. The water rippled, calm and black. Phobos was already high in the sky, and Deimos was rising above the trees. Twilight was fading fast. She wasn’t usually out this late, but the sooner she did this, the better. She found her rowboat in its hiding place. She emptied out the tree branches and tossed in her bag with the light sword. Then she pushed the boat out of the undergrowth.

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Idea You Can Steal 23 -- Park Mystery

Happy First Day of Summer, fellow Northern Hemisphere dwellers. Here’s an idea to jumpstart your next writing session.

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The Masks of the Dealer -- Vogler's Archetypes

Christopher Vogler’s book The Writer’s Journey has had a big influence on how I write. I’ve quoted from it before in previous posts, and you’ll likely see more from it in the future. The biggest lesson I took from this book was how to use character archetypes.

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