Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009

The Hero’s Journey: The Ordeal

We have now reached the eighth step of the Hero’s Journey. At this point in your plot, your heroine has reached the deepest point of the inmost cave. It is here that she will face her greatest crisis. 

The point to remember about the Ordeal is that your heroine must die to herself in order to live. Sound familiar? 🙂 She must face the death of a fear, of a relationship, of a career. In facing this thing in her life, she overcomes the ordeal. 

When you analyze the concept of story, you realize that all great storytelling is based on the Greatest Story Ever Told. Amazing!

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4 thoughts on “The Hero’s Journey: The Ordeal

  1. How true, Mary Ann!

    The bleakest moment for Akeela is when she realizes what exactly will happen if she chooses to become the Fairy Guardian. She hesitates. Her true love helps her make the right decision.

    My theme is self-sacrifice and that carries on to most of the characters. Even my antagonist (not the Dark Lord.)

    November 11, 2009 at 12:21 PM