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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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The Heroic Journey 6: The Nemesis

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Next to the Hero, the most important character in the heroic journey, the foundational form of all storytelling, is the evil one. The Nemesis. The bad guy. The villain. The character who keeps the Hero from getting what the Hero needs.

It’s one of the strongest rules of writing: Your story is only as good as your Nemesis is bad.

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The Heroic Journey 3: The Hero’s Goals

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The heroic journey is about one thing: The pursuit of the Hero’s goal. Your first job is to get the reader to identify with the Hero.

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