The Hero’s Journey: The Reward

This step of the Hero’s Journey occurs right after The Ordeal. The hero is now rewarded for having survived the ordeal. He or she lays claim to the reward and celebrates accordingly. 

The reward can take the form of a meal, a marriage, or some other form of celebration. It is important to show the hero taking possession of the reward that he has worked so hard to attain. 

As you write this scene, ask yourself the following questions: 

1) What reward does my hero take possession of?

2) How does my hero take possession of this reward?

3) What does the reward mean to him?

Next time,, we’ll explore The Road Back, Step 10 of the the 12 Steps of the Hero’s Journey.

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  1. This step is so important! Leaving it out is like a wedding without a reception. Imagine not being able to celebrate with the happy couple. You’d feel cheated. Our readers will also feel cheated if we don’t show some kind of reward.

    I’ve read some books that leave it to your imagination and I hate that. I like things wrapped up – even if you’re writing a series, each book must have some kind of conclusion that is satisfying.

    There are exceptions, of course. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – we call it a trilogy, but it’s actually 6 books – and each “book” simply ends and the next “book” picks up where the other left off. What Tolkien has done is write one huge, epic novel and broken it up.

    I’m doing the same thing with Fairyeater – three parts in one book. That enables me to keep the story going without backstory or catching a reader up if they read it out of order.

    November 13, 2009 at 2:06 PM