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The Hero’s Journey: Return with the Elixir

The hero has survived all the conflicts, ordeals and battles on the Hero’s Journey and now returns to his Ordinary World changed. He brings with him the hard-won Elixir, which could be an actual object, like treasure, or something like wisdom, freedom, love or knowledge. The important thing is that his new skills can be… Continue reading The Hero’s Journey: Return with the Elixir

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The Hero’s Journey: Approach the Inmost Cave

Our hero is starting to get used to being in this new world with its special rules. He has made allies and enemies, and is determined to succeed on his mission. At this stage of the journey we’re approaching the main ordeal and the hero must prepare to be tested in serious fashion. This is… Continue reading The Hero’s Journey: Approach the Inmost Cave

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The Hero’s Journey: Tests, Allies and Enemies

At the start of Act 2 we find our hero in the Special World of the story. He’s Crossed the Threshold and will now face new challenges on his hero’s journey. This new world should be very different from the Ordinary World he’s left behind. Even if the hero physically stays put, the Special World… Continue reading The Hero’s Journey: Tests, Allies and Enemies

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The Hero’s Journey: Crossing the Threshold

Our hero has Refused the Call to Adventure and so invoked the help of a Mentor to encourage him to embark on his Hero’s Journey. This stage is the turning point at the end of Act 1 where the hero Crosses the Threshold from their Ordinary World into the Special World of the story. The… Continue reading The Hero’s Journey: Crossing the Threshold

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The Hero’s Journey: Meeting the Mentor

Our hero has had the peace of his Ordinary World shattered by a Call to Adventure which he has failed to heed. The hero needs a little extra encouragement to do what is necessary. Step forward the Mentor. Often the Mentor is already known to the hero and may have been offering advice and giving… Continue reading The Hero’s Journey: Meeting the Mentor

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The Hero’s Journey: Call to Adventure

We’ve met our hero in his Ordinary World and realised something needs to change. Now comes the Call to Adventure. This is the moment when something happens which challenges the status quo of the ordinary world, forcing the hero to do something to restore order. The Call to Adventure is often also known as the… Continue reading The Hero’s Journey: Call to Adventure