I got a tattoo yesterday of Dan Harmon’s story circle.
It also occurs to me that not everyone on here knows that that is! It’s the structure that Dan Harmon uses to write material and it is similar to The Hero’s Journey. The nerdy English major in me saw this for the first time and immediately connected with it. It describes a characters journey in many stories in history. The different quadrants of the circle mean different things and the numbers correspond with different points in the journey. 1) The character is in a zone of comfort. 2) But they want something. 3) So they enter an unfamiliar place. 4) They adapt to it. 5) They get what they want. 6) They pay a heavy price for it. 7) They return to their zone of comfort. 7) Having changed.
I’ve always enjoyed writing stories, ever since I was little but my problem is always ALWAYS the plot. When writing something this is obviously something to help you create a plot and it’s in a place that’s easily visible while I’m writing. But better yet it has personal meaning - we’re all on a hero’s journey in our own way. We all enter and exit zones of comfort for different reasons and is the price we pay to gain what we want worth it?
Community is very obviously a different kind of show and I think it’s due mostly to this structure. It’s the first show I’ve ever watched where I genuinely and honestly cared about the characters and I have been obsessed with it ever since. Community and discovering Donald Glover’s stand up made me want to do stand up myself, which I’ve done and it’s been one of the most difficult but rewarding experiences of my life. And listening to Dan Harmon’s podcast and reading has book has changed so much about how I think and how I relate to other people. And when things like that happen, it generally means it’s time for a tattoo.
Feel free to share - I’m proud of it and even though the thought of it sort of embarrasses me (at least the part of me that is in denial about being a typical fangirl) I’d be stoked if Dan saw it. Although being a fangirl helped me meet some really amazing people, so hell… I guess it’s time for me to own it!