Thursday, February 07, 2008

Michael Hauge Notes - Part Three

Okay, today is the last day of notes I'm going to post. There is more, but unless you attended the lecture the essence/identity stuff just isn't going to make as much sense. I highly recommened buying his books, though. Good stuff.

5 Ways to Create Empathy
1. Make your hero the victim of some undeserved misfortune.
2. Put your character in jeopardy.
3. Make your character likable - show character as well liked by other people.
4. Make your character funny.
5. Make the character powerful (hero worship, we want the powerful experience.)

*The #1 problem with love stories that don't work is that there's no logical reason why the hero/heroine are together.

- The reason the romance character (his term for the love interest/heroine) is the hero's destiny is because she sees beneath the hero's identity (basically his false persona) and connects with his essence (his true, hidden self.)

- The essence is the promise of who the hero can be.

*Two Other Characters
1. The Nemesis - the character who most stands in the way of the hero's motivation. Inner Journey - Nemesis embodies the hero's inner conflict.

2. The Reflection - Outer Journey - the character who is there to help hero achieve goal. Inner Journey - Reflection is conflict, because reflection reveals inner conflict. Think Donkey in Shrek.

*Three Major Themes of Most Hollywood Movies
1. Integrity - becoming honest
2. Stand up for one's beliefs
3. Need for connection (isolation to connection)

Okay, that's it. I hope you've gotten something out of this! Now go write!


  1. These were nice. I keep memo of them.

  2. This is good stuff. I'll have to check out his book.

  3. Thanks for the summaries, Kristen!