K so can someone help me with the idea of the hero's journey I'm a little at a loss as to how certain parts of it works. I've tried to study it and everything but I'm not sure I totally grasp the concept. K so start by introducing the character of the "hero." I get that. Then he gets the call to adventure, the moment where things start to change for the "hero" that makes him change or introduces new elements to the story. But I don't quite understand the refusal of the call. Meeting the mentor is a given the person will find a teacher a leader or some kind of advisor who knows all the things he doesn't know and guides him through this new adventure. Then he commits to leaving... I find myself at another loss here. But from what I gather the hero should be set up to dangers and new experiences by this point. My problem with the refusal of the call is why do they refuse it? I think a call to adventure would be enough myself. Something new and interesting to replace the boring. And then does it have to be a literal "Leaving." Or perhaps can it be a bit more of a metaphorical leaving? He leaves behind parts of his old life to commit to the new one or a separation from his family and friends. Testing allies and enemies, the approach, so this is just space to introduce new characters? Should I not introduce the villain before hand? Or allies, or perhaps could the friends our "hero" already has could have their own kind of heroes journey and are introduced to the fictional world or does it have to be a supernatural or whatever inclined character from the beginning? The ordeal. He faces some great tragedy or suffering, he stares down death. And for this he is rewarded. Really I think I could understand this better if I'm given some examples of it but at the moment I'm having trouble locking these two with the last ones. The return... What if I don't want my character to return? What if they like the supernatural world better? What if they never "Left" in the first place like I asked does it have to be a literal "leaving." Or perhaps could this be a scene in which he simply tries to reconnect with normality and his ordinary life in which people have been growing without him? Perhaps he finds that his so called "friends and family." have begun to move on without him and are doing lives of their own where he's not needed. I also understand that there're a couple different forms of the heroes journey, did they simply get a revamp by later authors or are there actual different types of the heroes journey? any answers are greatly appreciated. also, do you use the hero's journey any or do you find you fall into the trappings of it?