The Writer’s Journey of the Hero’s Journey


So my reading for today is the book “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler in which he uses a modified version of The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell.

Here’s a little synopsis:


  1. Heroes are introduced in the ORDINARY WORLD, where
  2. they receive the CALL TO ADVENTURE.
  3. They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but
  4. are encouraged by a MENTOR to
  5. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD and enter the Special World, where
  6. they encounter TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES.
  7. They APPROACH THE INMOST CAVE, crossing a second threshold
  8. where they endure the ORDEAL.
  9. They take possession of their REWARD and
  10. are pursued on THE ROAD BACK to the Ordinary World.
  11. They cross the third threshold, experience a RESURRECTION, and are transformed by the experience.
  12. They RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR, a boon or treasure to benefit the Ordinary World.
It’s a great skeleton to use as the outline of developing your own stories plot.
Add to it, re-arrange it, remove from it … make it unique to you and the story you have to tell.Thank you most Hartly,
J.J. Harlty