Your Life Plan by Erica Sosna

Your Life Plan by Erica SosnaI am part way through a career guide called Your Life Plan by Erica Sosna. You may wonder why this is of interest to writers other than those also looking to re-invigorate their careers; the answer is the way Erica has constructed the book. The approach Erica has taken, which is drawn from extensive coaching experience, is to map people’s lives to the monomyth or Hero’s Journey.

The core idea is that you can think of making change in your life in the same terms as being the hero in your own life and with your own version of the journey. I have only just started but already am enjoying Erica’s treatment of the monomyth and getting some new insights into story telling for real characters. I will let you have a review when I have read it – has anyone else picked up a copy? What do you think?

  • erica sosna

    Dear Tony! Erica here! I am stoked that you are enjoying the book and would love to know how it has informed your work!

    If you’d like to, i will be holding a free web class on the book on April 27th – be delighted if you would like to come?

    http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/your-life-plan-web-class-tickets-11199527087

    • Erica – I’m flattered that you found my post. I am nearly at the end of the book and will be posting a review on Amazon soon. I will look up the event you mention

      • erica sosna

        Hi Tony, do you know of any other books that set out the HJ for the use of writers? would be interested to know more about the story craft aspect. How did the rest of the book land with you?

        • Erica – there’s 100s (probably) of writers’ books talking the HJ, I’m currently reading the original Campbell which is a bit academic. There are too many to pick just one or two – most structure books cover the journey then try to be original with it. What kind of thing are you looking for?

          My review of life plan is on Amazon (UK) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Life-Plan-Yourself-Charge/dp/0857084860

          • erica sosna

            Thanks for the review – yes I find Campbell himself hard going – i’d be interested in who puts a useful spin on the story arc and uses good universal story examples that everyone can relate to. x

          • I’ll have a think and get back to you

          • I’ve had a think – the book I thought most looked at story arcs (and traces back before Campbell) is John Yorke’s Into the Woods: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Into-The-Woods-Stories-Work/dp/0141978104

            I picked this up as a review copy and was really pleased I had done (much as I was with your book;-)