I'm involved in an online course based on the hero's journey and the group of us in the class are working on novels based on the hero's journey model. I'm having a fine old time outlining a new fantasy based on an incident that happened as I was driving to work one day.
I was driving to work up route 495 in Massachusetts, and I passed the body of some kind of animal. It was on the wooded median, had tan and white hide. A glimpse was all I had time for as I drove past. Shortly thereafter, I saw an old mattress on the right side of the road. By the time I arrived at work, I'd scoped out a short piece, which I quickly wrote down and posted to my critique group.
I ended up with my main character taking the blanket-wrapped body of his father and leaving it beside the road for the Dogs to eat.
"Love the piece," one friend wrote, "but this feels like the beginning of a novel."
Ah, yes, a novel. It's turning into a fantasy, my first, as up to now I've written regular old novels or science fiction. I've written about 6000 words and have a plot outline that I'm working on filling in.
I've encountered a number of structures for outlining novels, but the hero's journey feels very natural to me, more so than some of the others. I read tons of Robin Hood, King Arthur, Greek and Roman myths and the like growing up, and I believe this is why this sort of story wormed its way into my consciousness.
In any case, I'm having a fine old time with my main character, who is living in a cave in a future ice-age.
If you're a reader, do you enjoy reading heroic fantasy? If you're a writer, have you written any? Why or why not?