Part 1 of the Hero’s Journey:
The beginning most likely takes place in the here and now, the Ordinary World.

It often introduces us to the problems, the boring reality, and the characters merely hover in it. After all, if you want to show how amazing or plainly different the Special World will be, the reader/viewer needs to know the comparable side, too.

In Star Wars, we find out that the empire rules the galaxy and the Jedi’s disappeared, while Luke is wasting his life. In E.T. we find out that Elliot’s father has left and the family struggles to cope with it. At the same time, E.T. was left behind by his family and is searched for by the government. Here you see that the “hero” can be anything, in this case even two characters at the same time.
Even if you use a flashback or flash forward, I think it’s necessary to set up the ordinary world quite soon.


  1. Alison Miller said...
    I really enjoyed reading this post - especially since you referenced two fabulous movies. Yes - your novel can definitely have two heros. I'm writing one right now with two.

    New follower from A-Z! Nice to meet you.
    Alex J. Cavanaugh said...
    I think I'm doing this better in the second book than in the first.
    Bish Denham said...
    Excellent observation. Sometimes for sure, the hero needs a little help from others around him/her.
    Apfel said...
    I am so looking forward to what would come out of this!!

    P.S. I changed my blog url
    nutschell said...
    Hey Nahno!
    I'm glad I found your blog through the A-Z. I love the hero's journey and i always keep the writer's journey by christopher vogler on my desk while i'm writing a new story.
    Arlee Bird said...
    Love that Duran Duran song. I always like it when a story starts very normal, but you just know something very extraordinary is about to happen.

    Tossing It Out
    AllMyPosts said...
    Yeah, Yeah,

    I can see this part of the pattern!! Even Harry Potter begins this way, introducing the Dudleys and how life was to Potter!!

    with warm regards
    CatchyTips for Writers

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