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Emerging Writers Guest Post #55 – Derek Thompson – Covenant, a mystical fantasy – the same, but different

Author brings up some good points on the hero’s journey.

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Derek Thompson writes fiction, non-fiction and comedy. His fiction includes fantasy, thrillers and comedy drama. Non-fiction includes human interest, green living and business. His comedy is for print, the web, and live performance. Over to you Derek!


When writers start new books, they don’t always know where the plot and characters will take them. It can be a revelation to the author – especially when the protagonist suggests a different story to the one the author was expecting to tell.

It’s been said that there are only seven plots, manifesting in a various guises, through fiction and throughout history. When I began my fantasy, Covenant, I specifically wanted to explore The Hero’s journey – one that every culture recognises.

Whether it’s King Arthur, Luke Skywalker, or Katniss Everdeen, there are certain key stages on this archetypal quest – examined in depth by the renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell.

The three stages are usually defined as:

– Separation

– Initiation

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