Billionaire writer, it is a goal that every writer wants to achieve. It is something I have thought of before as impossible and unachievable. Now I have come to realize that being this writer is not all about the strings of luck and the building of ideas. While these two are part of what makes a billionaire writer, there are far more important elements.
In my career as a writer in novels, films and television for 25 years, I learned two major tools that make me one. These two are chakras and the model of the Hero’s Journey written by Joseph Campbell. The chakras from yoga are useful for characterization, while the Hero’s Journey is for plot structure. They may not seem like conventional choices, but they are not choices made in random. Some may disagree that they are not the best ideas out there but that is not really the point. It is just that for me, as a billionaire writer, these two concepts intertwine in such a way that it makes any intelligent thought or idea more worldly, meaningful, and successful when executed into film and other forms of media.
For this writer, these two concepts touch the inner workings of the mind of a writer and at the same time how it translates into good literary work for the readers.
Plot structure and characterization for a billionaire writer
A plot structure for many writers may be a sequence of events peppered with complex ideas. But for a billionaire writer, it is an essential structure and foundation that requires the use of the simplest words and concepts. The easier it is to understand, the better. The reason is that for this writer the making of a plot structure requires mastery. You can only achieve pure and immaculate work if you are capable of creating a plot structure that is easy to understand and uses the simplest words. If you are capable of achieving this, then you have not only mastered plot structure writing. You are also a step closer to understanding characterization and being a billionaire writer.
For instance, here in the Hero’s Journey the very plot structure uses the simplest ideas but is capable of mimicking the path of life. A three act structure can’t do that and neither can a mere division of acts. Dividing a plot into acts may be a useful tool, but for a billionaire writer that should never be how plot structures are made. For this writer, plot structures shouldn’t be interpreted as a division of scenes but the culmination of a central idea through a series of thoughts and experiences.
To fully understand the mind of a billionaire writer, let’s take the Hero’s Journey and apply it to the first Star Wars Movie – “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” Here is how this writer writes a plot structure:
- Hero faces a challenge.
This challenge is seen by the billionaire writer as the part when Darth Vader told Luke, “Come with me Luke, learn the ways of the Force.” To this writer, and even the readers of the plot, the conflict is simple and clear. In any story, this writer always writes a scene where the protagonist is confronted with a challenge or a beckoning. It must be a challenge that cultivates change, because all great writing is birthed from change.
- Hero retracts from the challenge.
For a billionaire writer, a character is developed first from its stubbornness, or its willingness to stay where he comfortably is. This is manifested from the lines, “I promised Uncle Owen I’d work on the moisture evaporators.”
- Hero finally accepts the challenge.
To a billionaire writer this is where the character starts developing. In Star Wars, Luke resorted to answering the call of the challenge when his aunt and uncle were killed. The story has to have a challenge, and the hero must be willing to take them on later on. Otherwise, there is no story.
- Pathway of hardships and trials.
In Star Wars, there were many trials the character had to go through. He travelled to a desert town, went on Han Solo’s spaceship and underwent other kinds of complications during his journey. This is where the sequence and location fully intertwine. The character in reaching for his ultimate goal is constantly challenged with the energy of his environment acting for or against him as the story proceeds.
- Hero gains powers and allies along the way.
Chewbacca, Obi-wan, Han Solo and Princess Leia are some of the people he met along the way. From them, he learned about the Force, and using things like Light Sabers to fight, defend himself and save others. This is where the character fully develops and moves out from his old self to ultimately change his fate.
- First encounter with the enemy and subsequent defeat.
When Obi-wan died, it was emotional, heart wrenching, and yet somehow spectacular.
- Confronted by his greatest weakness.
This is when Luke started believing he cannot win.
- Hero takes the leap of faith.
Despite the odds, Luke takes his struggle and fights head on when Ben told him, “Trust your feelings, Luke.” It is important to note that when the character takes the leap of faith it means one of three things: faith in the higher power, faith in self and faith in companions. In Star Wars, it was able to encompass all three. This explains why George Lucas is the true ultimate Billionaire writer.
- Fighting the antagonist.
The protagonists were victorious, and Death Star is ultimately destroyed.
- The weak becomes the strong.
Luke as the young Padawan now becomes the role model, the real hero.