- Essense + Ornaments
- Convert insight to subtle realizations during revision
- Get your thoughts on the page first, then worry about how you will present them to your reader.
- Stephen King: Use the least amount of details to convey the most amount of meaning.
- Running from the crows, chasing him through the forest
- He comes across a door in the middle of the forest and falls
- In desperation, he opens the door and wakes up in a dark room
- Opens a dialogue with Era
- The wisdom of the breath helps him navigate the void
- A conscious breath induces a flashback to the lotus pond, giving context to his home
- He’s since returned to that pond, and it’s dead
- There used to be bright colors, wonderful smells
- After the “trip,” Era says, “You’re always one breath away from your mother.”
- Change POVs with a purpose (e..g, from Lupo’s to Rolex’s)
- Therapy session with flashback about the lady ladybug
- Call to adventure (”I can’t learn from books”)
- Rolex visits the depressed Lupo in his rock-abode, and Lupo disappears
- Rolex finds Lupo’s journals, referencing the stork
- Lupo is running from the black stork, hurrying with a storm on the way
- Finds the door, opens it to escape (from desperation)
- Meets Era and learns about the breath
- Wakes up from the darkness, finds himself back at home and hears the familiar drip
- Note from Rolex
- Lupo questions his own reality
- Flashback to times with Rolex
- Walks with Era, learns that the voice is always there (not just a cloud)
Important theme: Commit to the journey inward.
- Question: How long can you go before you face yourself?
- Grids at work and gets promoted
- Has an “Era experience” and rejects it, saying that he just needs to go to work
- Lean into how you’re currently feeling
- Write about Lupo avoiding himself and forgetting. He needs to remember.
- It’s easy to live on the surface of life and be disconnected from the inner world.
- Describe the day to day of Lupo’s life to illustrate the drudgery of disconnection
- Refusal of the call (#3)
- Preparing to cross the threshold from the ordinary world to the special world