The reason I am telling you this is that the steps that a hero takes is a great way to block out a novel...especially fantasy novels. Click here for a detailed explanation of the steps, as explained by a college professor, if you're interested. The premise is pretty straightforward and as I list off the steps, you'll probably recognize them in some of your favorite stories. The first part, I think, is the hardest to set up in a novel.
- Departure - The call to adventure, the refusal, supernatural aid, crossing the first threshold, and the belly of the whale.
- Initiation - trials, temptress/goddess, atonement with the father, apotheosis or time of peace, and finally, ulitmate boon.
- Return - refusal of the return, magic flight, rescue from without, crossing the return threshold, master of two worlds, and freedom to live.
The study of this framework for fiction writing shed light not only on my own writing and why I was struggling, but the complexity of other works. Thanks for joining me on this literary meander through the classics...I'd be interested to hear from you fantasy writers. What type of framework do you use?
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Photograph by kevindooley, Uploaded on January 18, 2008.