EVERY story is an adventure. We already know these characters will come face-to-face with all kinds of excitement, challenge and danger–whether that danger involves dastardly villains or a reluctance to fall in love.
A lot of readers are thrilled when a story’s main adventure involves bullets, pirates, dragons or floods. Sometimes all of ‘em combined, plus more!
But what about the readers who prefer excitement on a more internal, emotional level? How can we satisfy THEM?
Here’s where The Heroine’s Journey comes in handy.
We all know about , which adapted from ’s discovery of the twelve steps a hero goes through on his way from Accepting The Quest to Returning With The Elixir.
Those steps involve all kinds of external conflict, and occasionally there might even be a bit of internal conflict along the way.
The hero isn’t JUST coping with bullets-pirates-dragons-floods…sometimes he’s also coping with self-doubt or fearing cowardice or concerned about his family while he’s busy dodging bullets, fighting pirates, lassoing dragons and swimming through floods.