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The hero’s journey spelled out…

heroineThere are only some many stories in the world. I think the most popular count is 7. Two of those are leaving home and coming home–the hero’s journey.

It’s obvious what the hero’s journey is as an overall story idea where the main character goes on a quest or possibly runs away from a quest. But somewhere (and I cannot remember where, sorry smart person who said it first) I heard it spelled out. Lightbulb Moment.

Here’s breakdown–you can think of it as a map for the hero’s journey:

  • Main character gets called to journey (if you like the fairy tale model of storytelling, this is where Once Upon a Time is no longer the way it is. Something has changed and the hero must find it/decide to fix it/etc.)
  • The MC goes through trials
  • The MC faces her teachers
  • The MC faces the battle
  • The MC loses her fear (and lives happily ever after – or not)

This makes me think of almost every Disney animated movie but especially Kung Fu Panda.

Happy Writing!

Superhero Complexes…

I am going to try really hard to not make my new favorite blogger, Jeff Goins, sound like an amazing superhero writer with a magical pencil – but only because his blog tells  me not to. And that is the only reason.

Because I heart his writing and practical advice about writing. And today he invited another non-superhero to guest on his blog.

In this post, Jeff’ guest blogger Denise Urena reminds us that our heroes are just people.

She talks about the authenticity of fanship and how we have a greater purpose than simply admiring the work of others.

Denise goes on to say, “This is not what we’ve been called to do. We’ve been given a greater opportunity than merely sucking up. We have something to contribute, too.”

That is pretty powerful.

We all have power and potential. We really just need confidence.

If you aren’t sure why every single one of us should embrace that confidence, read this post by Jeff himself – the awesome blogger who is probably not really a superhero – but is a dang good writer. 😉