The Hero’s Journey: Approach to the Inmost Cave

Well, we’ve reached Step Seven in the Hero’s Journey: the Approach to the Inmost Cave. Having grown somewhat accustomed to his new world, your hero now wants to seek its heart, known as the inmost cave. As he continues his journey, he encounters new obstacles and dangers and maybe even a new threshold guardian or two. 

As your hero approaches the inmost cave, he may prepare himself for what he will find. For example, in a Christian novel, he may go on a fast or spend time in prayer to prepare for the battle ahead. Or he may spend time gathering information he will need once he reaches the cave. 

Here are some questions you can ask yourself in this phase of your story: 

1) How does your hero prepare for his approach to the inmost cave?

2) What obstacles does he face?

3) How does he respond to those obstacles?

4) Does your hero encounter a seemingly impossible test along the way?

5) If so, what is this test and how does he handle it? 

You are now getting closer to the crisis of your story. The stakes are increasing for your hero. 

In our next segment, we will discuss this crisis, called The Ordeal.

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2 thoughts on “The Hero’s Journey: Approach to the Inmost Cave

  1. 1) How does your hero prepare for his approach to the inmost cave?
    Akeela thinks she’s ready, but she really doesn’t realize the enorminty of the situation. So, she doesn’t really prepare. The consequence of that is important at the end.
    2) What obstacles does he face?
    All kinds of obstacles: she and the group are abandoned in underground caves, they get out but find they’ve tresspassed into dwarf territory (not a good thing), Akeela gets trapped in a Moon Dancer Ring and when they finally get to the battle with the Dark Lord, Akeela still doesn’t have what she needs to accomplish her mission.
    3) How does he respond to those obstacles?
    Sometimes she keeps her head and sometimes she’s quite stubborn, which makes things worse.
    4) Does your hero encounter a seemingly impossible test along the way?
    Yes, a couple of them.
    5) If so, what is this test and how does he handle it?
    For a couple of tests, she uses her wits and gifts. The Moon Dancer situation needs help from outside. The decision at the end also needs help from a friend.

    It’s all more detailed and exciting in the manuscript. 🙂

    November 11, 2009 at 12:19 PM