A cross-genre flash epic autobiography
A standard outline was created that appears to fit every epic adventure. It is a twelve-step formula called “The Hero’s Journey.” A one or two sentence per step should produce a well-rounded flash epic.
First, the Hero’s Journey outline:
- Ordinary World
- The Calling
- The Refusal
- Enter the Mentor
- Crossing the Threshold
- Test, Allies, and Enemies
- The Ordeal
- The Reward
- The Road Back
- The Resurrection
And now, John’s Twitter Account:
[Ordinary World] John loved to write but found that any attempt to publish his idea of clever fiction only landed it in something called the “slush pile.” [The Calling] He noticed that successful writers generally communicated using words like hash-tag this and hash-tag that. [Refusal] Given the choice of surfing the social media tidal wave or anchoring himself to the twentieth century, he chose blissful ignorance.
[The Mentor] John’s teenage daughter, who was infinitely more astute in all things internet, explained to him what this clamor of “tweets” was all about. [Crossing the Threshold] She set up a Twitter account for her father. It took very little time since it was easier for her to just do it instead of show him. [Test, Allies, and Enemies] John now had an account and he launched into the established world of Twitter with little or no training. [Approach] He began by searching out people and things to “follow”.
There were many interesting TV shows and personalities for John to follow. He quickly became a self-proclaimed expert at following people. [The Ordeal] These interesting people and shows posted short “tweets” that quickly became quite boring. “Might as well just visit their web pages,” he said. John joined to become a presence on the internet but the quest for the meaning of “hash tag” became even more formidable.
[The Reward] Only a few days after joining, John himself, was actually followed! He was followed by a lovely young lady wearing a beautiful shear black gown. [The Road Back] He proudly showed his wife that he had his first follower.
John is not on Twitter any more.
[The Resurrection] He now has a blog. Much like before, he doesn’t know squat about blogging but he is definitely keeping it a secret from his daughter. [Forget the Return. Bilbo may be an adventurer, but John’s a quite contented hobbit.]
Amendment to the Return: Okay, his daughter gave him a Facebook Page, as long as he promised her he would never touch it and just mess with his blog.