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The Heroic Journey 12: What Shrek Can Teach Us About Story Telling

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Sometimes — often, in fact — in a Heroic Journey, the Hero wants something he’s too frightened to go after…

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The Heroic Journey 11: Finding the Premise

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Let’s say we want to write about Milt, teacher who’s burned out on his job and wants to rediscover his passion. He quits his job, buys a camper, and starts driving across America.

In Tennessee, Milt meets a poor, old lady who’s about to lose her house to developers…

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The Heroic Journey 10: The Premise, or What the Story’s About

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This article is another guest post from author and former WriteAtHome writing coach, David Sims. The series discusses the common characteristics of great stories.

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The Heroic Journey 9: Heroes Change

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A word about the Hero in the beginning.

In a novel there are obstacles — tangible ones such as icebergs, aliens, a powerful lost Ark, fairy tale creatures invading Shrek’s swamp, or the Mafia. But there are also inner conflicts within the Hero which affect the outer conflict.

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