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Advent Day 7: Joy (Writer's Choice)

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Fridays during Advent season are Writer's Choice! We'll give you a prompt or two, and you decide what to do with it: write some fic, tell us about a related character or worldbuilding aspect, describe a plot idea it brings to mind -- whatever you want! If you write fic, share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 7' so I can find it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it as a comment here!

Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 7th, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not!

Keep track of all the Advent challenges here!

Here are your prompts today:


Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain -- Joseph Campbell



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The Joseph Campbell quote immediately made me think of the hero's journey, since he is the one who discovered it and the author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces. How about this: a story that follows the classic hero's journey structure, but it's not a physical journey, but a journey inside the protagonist's own mind/subconscious. Pain seems to be the antagonist here, and joy could be the hero's mentor, teaching them how to be happy despite their pain over past losses.

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