Anatomy of a Story: Twelve Steps to Herohood

While researching Joseph Campbell and following your biliss, I found the website of Scott Myers to be a helpful resource for screenwriting. His post on September 14, 2010 talks about the Hero’s Journey in Campbell’s book (first published in 1949), The Hero With a Thousand Faces. George Lucas, Jim Morrison, Bob Weir, and Mickey Hart are among the many artists who have credited Campbell’s book as influential in their work.

Campbell’s research into the structure of myths throughout history show this common structure. An overview of those twelve steps is below. Can you identify with currently being in any of these stages?

Act 1
1. The Ordinary World
2. The Call to Adventure
3. Refusal of the Call
4. Meeting with the Mentor

Act 2
5. Crossing the First Threshold
6. Tests, Allies, Enemies
7. Approach to the Inmost Cave
8. Supreme Ordeal
9. Reward (Seizing the Sword)
10. The Road Block

Act 3
11. Resurrection
12. Return with the Elixir

The following video is a discussion about those twelve steps by Christopher Vogler, author of “The Writer’s Journey, Mythic Structure for Storytellers & Screenwriters.”

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