What are the hero's journey allies?

The "Allies" stage means to find those people, those forces that will help you on your journey. If you pass this stage successfully, you understand who to turn to for support on your path as a hero. There is a feeling that you are not alone.

1. WHAT HELP DO I NEED: what support will you need to realize your intention? What knowledge and skills? What resources might you need? What am I missing to realize my intention successfully? It can be anything - from completely tangible things to moral support and help in "not coercing," "not merging," and staying true to your intention. Make a list of your needs for support in realizing your intention.

2. ALLY ENERGY: remember a few people from your past that supported your development, helped you overcome difficulties, and believed in you no matter what. What did they give you? How exactly did they support you? What was the most valuable thing? What was their gift to you? What were they? What do they have in common? What would they say if they found out about the intention of your current hero path? Find an opportunity to call one of these people in the next 2 days and thank him or her for what they have done for you. Ask for advice, support, and parting words. This can greatly help you move forward.

3. COUNCIL OF THE SAGES: create your council of wise men - what famous personalities, what great people could support you on your hero's journey? Which of them could give practical advice in a difficult moment? Whose energy and enthusiasm could help to realize your intention? Take a piece of paper and write down the names of these people on it. Write down the quotes that inspire you. Which can be your support along the way.

4. MY SOCIAL NETWORK: Make a list of all the people you know and those closest to you who could help you achieve your intention. Next to each name, mark a time when it would be helpful for you to get in touch with this person. Who should be contacted first? For example, call one person on your list this weekend. Tell him about your journey as a hero, about your intention, and ask for his support.

5. LUNCH WITH GURU: who are the best professionals in the field you will develop? Who is already successfully doing what you are about to learn? Find 10 such people. Find their contacts. Write to them: "You are great - I want to meet with you for 30 minutes and ask a few questions that are very important for my development in the profession." Unfortunately, it seems that the "great" ones will not respond.

Even in stories that don't adhere strictly to the twelve-stage structure, the first stage referred to as "The Ordinary World," is considered one of the most critical components of any narrative.

At the beginning of your story, you should show your protagonist their Ordinary World. This allows you to demonstrate how drastically the central conflict they must overcome disrupts their world. In addition, it allows you to create a sense of foreshadowing and the empathy and catharsis that your narrative requires.

The Call to Adventure is the next stage in the process. When you give the protagonist of your story a Call to Adventure, you are introducing the central idea of your story, determining the genre that your story will be told in, and helping to get the process of character development started, which is something that every great story needs.

It enables you to create instant tension and conflict within the opening pages and the first act of your story when your character declines the Call to Adventure. It also provides the opportunity to ratchet up the dangers and stakes at play, which, in turn, engages the reader or audience even more. In addition, it can assist you in developing a protagonist who has greater depth, which can assist in developing empathy for that character.

Along the way, both your protagonist and screenplay might find themselves in need of a guide. When the protagonist finally makes contact with the Mentor, they gain someone who can provide them with guidance, support, and even tangible items as they travel through the story. In addition, they make it easier for you to create sympathetic relationships between the characters in your story and provide you with avenues through which you can present your reader and audience with exposition, story themes, and story elements.

It's possible that at some point toward the end of the first act, your story will feature a moment in which your protagonist needs to cross the threshold between their Ordinary World and the Special World they'll be experiencing as the beginning of either their inner or outer journey. A moment like this one marks the transition from the first act to the second, and it gives the reader and the audience the opportunity to experience that shift so that they can get ready for the journey that is to come.

It illustrates the stark contrast between the protagonist's Ordinary World and the Special World that will later be revealed. As the protagonist decides to strike out into the unknown, we are shown the beginning of the first change that will occur in their character arc. This is of even greater significance.

And within this unknown, the protagonist goes through many trials, and within this unknown, they meet their allies and enemies.

Along with the challenges your protagonist must overcome, they will also require assistance at various points. Bringing on board allies is where things start to get interesting.

In the movie "Jaws," as Brody struggles to deal with the numerous conflicts that he is forced to face, he is forced to seek assistance from his allies.

Hooper and Quint, two men with varying degrees of experience, wisdom, and knowledge who will help Brody take on the primary threat of the story, are presented here as two of Brody's most important allies as a result of this development.

During this phase of "The Hero's Journey," the cast of supporting characters grows. Even though some books and movies only focus on one particular character, most fantastic tales build an interesting cast of characters around the main protagonist.

Just try to picture the movie Jaws without Hooper and Quint. The narrative doesn't pack the same punch when Brody has to learn from and deal with these two important characters, so having him jump on a boat to hunt for a shark by himself isn't as effective as having him learn from and deal with them. There wouldn't be nearly as much depth to the characters if they weren't there.

We see him interacting with Brody's family as well, including Brody's wife and two sons. They're also set up as allies along his path.

Completing your protagonist's circle of allies allows you to delve deeper into their personalities and develop a richer story.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.

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