Think about three TV/movie series that you love. Why do you love them, and what do they have in common? Writers are translators, analysts, who view the external world compared with their rich inner landscape and re-articulate what they see. What do The X-Files and Star Trek: Voyager have in common? Their sense of mythology.
A mythology in the books we write pertains to an underlying theme that ties our work, our passions, “platform” and view of the world into a cohesive path. X-Files: Fox Mulder’s obsession with finding his sister. Star Trek Voyager: Marooned in the Delta quadrant and trying to find their way home. These themes were woven into almost every episode in the entire series – forming a subterranean backdrop and upon which all other sub-stories and themes were applied. What’s your favorite series and what’s the underlying mythology that keeps you going back for more?
Developing a mythology to your serial novels, your books, blogs, even your photo boards on Pinterest helps to define you as an artist and visionary, and evolves your image and place in the digital world.
More on fiction mythologies forthcoming…