Monday, September 23, 2013

The Hero's Journey

Stuck in your novel? Can't quite figure out what that next step is for your character even if you know where they're going in the long run?

The most inspiring book I've picked up in a while is Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Basically, this book is about the steps of the journey of the hero and their universality in the mythologies, dreams, and stories of different cultures all over the world. It's a dense read but well worth the investment to unlock that door that's been holding you back from progressing to the next stage in your novel, screenplay, short story, what have you.

The first three chapters are introductory, explaining the nature and universality of the journey of the hero. The chapters that follow are broken up into step by step descriptions of the journey with anecdotal stories from mythology, religion, fairy tales, and more from varying cultures. I'd suggest this book for any writer who intends to create a compelling adventure for their hero, whether or not you are stuck.

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