Elizabeth J. Maison

All the most wonderful and inspiring stories that you have ever read follow the essential mythological outline of the Hero's Journey. If you look closely at some of the most popular and satisfying novels and movies, you can see for yourself that this is true. This structure deeply resonates for all of us as humans because it reflects the inner process we all go through in our lives as we strive to be true to ourselves and create a life that is satisfying and fulfilling.

What follows are the ten essential steps of the Hero's Journey. If you use them as a starting place to outline your own novel, you will discover that they help you create an storyline that deeply reflects the compelling, core themes of facing the greatest challenges in life and finding new strength and wisdom as a result.

The Hero's Journey In Ten Simple Steps

1. Show Us The Ordinary World of Your Novel's Main Character. We meet your main character, the hero of your novel, and we see what kind of life he leads as your story begins. We see some indications of how his life is out of balance.

2. Your Main Character is Presented With a Challenge. Something significant occurs in your novel that forces your character to more clearly see the problems in his life and decide whether he will make a change.

3. Initial Rejection of the Call To Action. Your character does not want to make this change to begin with. It will entail a lot of effort as well as some kind of risk and he does not want to do it.

4. You Character Decides To Change. Often motivated by some key outside event, your character decides to make the change that will potentially improve his life.

5. Meeting Mentors and Helpers. As your character moves forward in your novel, he meets various people who can help and guide him along the way.

6. Gaining the Skills and Knowledge Needed To Succeed. Your character takes action that helps him develop the skills and perspective he will need to succeed at his goal. It is revealed that the stakes are getting higher as he proceeds.

7. Your Character Fails In His First Confrontation With the Antagonist. Your characters first attempt to overcome his fears and achieve his goal fail because he is not yet strong enough to succeed.

8. The Dark Night of the Soul. Your character experiences self-doubt and fears that he will never succeed. He is on the verge of giving up.

9. The Leap of Faith. Your character experiences a renewed inner commitment to his goal based on an inner faith that he can be, do, or have whatever he really wants.

10. The Ultimate Confrontation and Final Success. At this climactic moment, your character faces his biggest challenge. He calls up all the renewed strength and determination within him and uses it to overcome all obstacles. After the greatest effort of his life, he is rewarded with the success he has wanted for so long.

You will find that following the archetypal structure of the Hero's Journey will help you craft an inspiring novel that resonates deeply for your and your readers. Because you have a clear plan for where you are going with your novel, the process of writing becomes much more enjoyable and easy. Whenever you are not sure what to write about next, you can simply refer to your outline and see what's next for your character on the Hero's Journey.

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