Part 2 of the Hero’s Journey
At some point, our hero needs an incentive to set the story in motion. The Call to Adventure initiates the journey, by introducing some kind of problem or challenge. This also poses a question that holds the suspense for the rest of the film: will the hero be able succeed?

Often at this stage the characters meet (lovestories) or something bad has happened and action needs to be taken to find justice (revenge-detective story). In Star Wars again, it is Leia’s message that makes Luke join the rebellion. In E.T. it is the encounter of Elliot and the little alien, which starts a story of friendship, sharing experiences and helping each other.
As a writer, this most often is the main idea of the story. It is the reason for our characters to set off. Without it, I would question the readability. Not all stages of the Hero’s Journey are always necessary, but this surely is essential.


  1. The Red Angel said...
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    Apfel said...
    The story would be incomplete without incentive. You make me look at things in a completely new light, Nahno!
    Kendal said...
    Incentive is so important to a story. It's not until I figure that part out that a story begins to take off. Thanks for a great post!
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    Laura said...
    Hi Nahno - Thought I'd pop in and say hello - really enjoying your A-Z posts - sorry I've not been leaving many messages - have been hopping around like crazy! This post has really got me thinking though.. it still has me scratching my chin... I shall report back when I stop :)
    have a fab week
    Laura x
    Matthew Vanacore said...
    Oh so true! And I liked your two movie examples with E.T. and Star Wars!

    Great blog! Your interface has a very scholarly and crisp feel to it. Nicely done.
    Anita said...
    Love the last line...I try to avoid unknown darkness, fer sure.
    Arlee Bird said...
    If the hero doesn't have any incentive to act, why should the reader have an incentive to read on?

    Tossing It Out
    AllMyPosts said...
    K!!! Got it!!

    Intro to other characters happens in this stage!! So you mean, Hagrid meets Potter, tells him about his parents!! Got the concept!!

    with warm regards
    CatchyTips for Writers

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