This is a blog post about a story, Game On.
If you want to skip the waffle and go straight to the story, you can read it here.
Game On is the tidied up version of a short story I had to write for a course using the Hero’s Journey archetypal story structure as a basis. Not on my top ten list of favourite assignments.
I’d had this idea for a story about some teens who run into big trouble in a virtual world while gaming. Game On is not that story, although I do hope to write it one day.
I know almost nothing about online gaming (which will be quickly apparent to any gamers who read the story; I beg your forgiveness and maybe you should get the tissues ready for any tears that accompany your howls of laughter) and I struggle to apply the Hero Journey structure, so I decided to combine the two for the purpose of the exercise.
There was a 2000 word maximum – anyone who’s familiar with any epic fantasy would know that’s not usually how quickly a Hero‘s Journey story unfolds. It was, shall we say, a bit of a challenge.
This isn’t a very good story but it got me through the final subject I needed for my diploma. There’s also a lot I actually like about it; it definitely stretched me to come up with the concept, structure it using the Hero’s Journey and keep within the word count. I understood even at the time that I was learning a lot by writing something so different to what I’d usually write.
I tend to have themes emerge in my fiction and this story is no different in that respect. I’m also a sponge and I absorb what’s happening around me. You can see some of that if you read at that deeper level and I’d definitely love to have a conversation with anyone who is interested in discussing any themes they find here.
Above all, though, as this is the semester and the place for me to develop and explore, I’m sharing the story here.
Happy reading. Or not. No, seriously, you can stop at any time.
I'm a writer. I love words and story. I'm also rather fond of my husband and my dog.