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The Hero's Journey is a device used to create a plot structure that takes a protagonist on an unforeseen quest facing challenges, gaining insights, and returning home transformed. From Aesops Fables to Finding Nemo, many narratives follow this structure and have become stamped into our cultural DNA.
In this post, I'll show you how to use the Hero's Journey to work for you in creating your next great story.
This story system has been used across cultures for hundreds of years and found a following through Joseph Campbell's book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell found 17 story beats in his definition, but this post will show a 12-step method popularized in 2007 by screenwriter Christopher Vogler in his book The Writer's Journey.
There are books written on this method that go into great detail about each step in the Hero's Journey. So if you want more on this method look at Joseph Campbell's book. If this outline is interesting to you, try it out. It helps you push your story along to the next step. Happy Journey!
"As iron sharpens iron, one sharpens another."Proverbs 27:17