Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Michael Hauge Notes - Part One

*Your hero (and hero is a broad term basically used to describe the protagonist) must be introduced at the point of changing destiny.

*The primary objective of any story/movie/work of fiction is to illicit emotion. As such, all stories are based on the foundation of three things:
1. Character
2. Desire
3. Conflict

*There are two levels of hero desire/conflict. These two levels are the hero's two journeys - the Inner Journey and the Outer Journey.

The Outer Journey is a journey of accomplishment. It has a visible goal, visible obstacles, visible finish line. The outer motivation is this finish line that the hero must cross by the end of the story.

There are four basic goals in almost every movie/story:
1. To escape (a bad situation)
2. To retrieve (find something of value and bring it back - could be person or object)
3. To stop (something bad from happening)
4. To win (a competition or LOVE)

What was our main goal? To illicit emotion. Emotion grows out of conflict. Remember that. More to come soon. Questions so far?


  1. Hmm. Interesting. Tell me more. :)

  2. This looks really good. I always try to put info like this up against my WIP. It helps me to round it out.

  3. I'm so jealous! Even though I've heard MH twice before, I could listen to this again and again:)

  4. Thanks for posting your notes, Kristen! MH always has something intriguing and thought provoking.

  5. Hi,

    This looks good, I'm always up for learning, and I'll be back for more.


  6. Greatness. I will be remembering that one! Thank you for sharing.