I’m a big fan of the work of mythologist and master storyteller, the late, great Joseph Campbell.
He dedicated his life to tracking down groups of people within cultures all over the globe and capturing their local folklore and stories.
What he detected was that, despite it being impossible for some to have been influenced by others, they all had a pattern and a cadence they shared.
He called this the monomyth and he went on to describe a narrative device called the hero’s journey, the path that the central character takes, usually the reluctant hero who represents Everyman (or woman).
One of the stages on that journey is what he termed the “call to adventure”.
It’s that moment when the central character has to choose between staying in the ordinary world or taking the first step on a journey of transformation that will change them and ultimately their community.
The Legend of the Lost trilogy is written in the hero’s journey style.
Readers are just starting to share their stories.
Question is, will you now accept the call…?