Eventually, the adventure of every hero comes to a close.  The resolve is proven by what the people are willing to do from what the heroes have taught them and exemplified. In a return to normalcy, the any-man must carry forward what the heroes and champions have left behind.  The ongoing effort by the any-man, the heroes and society demonstrates their resoluteness.  The more significant the resolve, the more important the benefit of the venture.  Consider as a storyteller, how much time and emphasis would you spend on closure of such importance?  Can your characters be thanked at least with a promise from the community?  Will a younger warrior pick up a sword?  Does stock trading simply open for another day?  Does a vendor carry a new product?   Does a custodian turn off the lights in the arena?  Consider your storytelling medium.  Can a physical example like a ride into a sunset do more than a speech? Does a flower spring?  Characters other than your principal characters will often give or teach your hero characters something.  How do they comment on the resolve?  Do they express approval;  whole or part?  Consider your arena, your observers and your heroes and allow them their own resolve.  


Alexander Valdez is a filmmaker and author. He has written A Writer’s Guide to the Hero’s Journey and Screenwriter’s Notebook. He is the founder of the Cinema-Libre Film Movement, a National Merit Scholar and first appeared in the Hollywood Creative Directory in 2002 under Academy Award Winning Producer Al Ruddy and Producer Andre Morgan as a Story Editor. He has served as a Writer’s Guild Writer’s Assistant, is inducted into the Director’s Guild of America and has a hiring contract for the Producer’s Guild of America. He is a point-member in Actor’s Equity Association and also a composer listed to the American Society of Composer and Performers, where at the time or invitation he was the youngest member invited to the union. He has also done voice for Radio to membership in the American Film, Television and Radio Actors, now SAG-AFTRA.

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