The Hero/Heroine’s Journey Step 3: Refusal of the Call

So when last we left our intrepid heroes and heroines they were hearing their calls to adventure – the inciting events leading them down the prickly path. In fiction as in real life, these brave souls are not so brave at first. They tremble on the threshold, unsure of whether to take the leap.

In the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Flint Lockwood is literally at the bottom of the barrel – the trash barrel when he refuses the call. In Rango the reptilian hero not only refuses but flees, however the hand of destiny is at work and his attempts at self-preservation become acts of bravery. Whatever and however they are they begin to question themselves, they are not brave enough, not skilled enough, not adventurous enough.

This is where the rubber starts to meet the road for both you and your heroes and heroines. If you become too deeply attached to them you can’t place them in the difficult positions that will make a great story. You’ve got to be willing to bond with them and then put them through their worst nightmares, starting right here!

What are some of the creative refusals-of-the-call you remember from books, movies or TV?


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I am a baker/writer lucky enough to live in northern Michigan. Google+ Heather Harris-Brady

Posted on August 23, 2012, in Writing with Kids and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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