I enjoy this framework because when brainstorming my current wip, I can easily draw parallels to stories such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or Star Wars (the latter one being an almost text book example).
For quick reference, here is the hero/mentor relationship as I see them (you may disagree with some of the mentors):
|Harry and Dumbledore, HBP|
Frodo and Gandalf
Harry and Dumbledore
Luke and Obi-Wan
In my MG adventure story, my main character (hero) first refused the call and finally accepted the challenge. Yet, as I go through and rework some scenes based on comments from my writing group, they all expressed a common concern:
Why isn't Strix (mentor) telling David (MC) this information sooner?
Why is Strix withholding so much information?
My initial reaction to this was something like, "Because, he can't tell David everything right away!"
Imagine how different LoTR would be if Gandalf told Frodo all his secrets before leaving The Shire? Or if Obi-Wan told Luke about his father when they first met? Or if Dumbledore told Harry about the Horcruxes in book two?
But once my brain stopped pointing out all these examples, I came back to what my writing group was actually saying. My mentor was keeping too much information from my main character, and therefore, the reader. They felt the story would have a stronger pull if the readers weren't left in the dark so often.
This is my current struggle: finding a balance between revealing information--breadcrumbs, if you will--but not showing my hand too soon.
Anyone else have trouble with reveals? Or can you think of a hero/mentor relationship where the mentor shared everything up front?
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