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Hero's Journey Tip of the day


The Hero's Journey (also known as the Monomyth) is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. It is upon this structure that situations are superimposed. This is why stories such as Alien (1979), Gladiator (2000), Godfather (1972), American Beauty (1999), Annie Hall (1977) and many others (all deconstructed at appear to be different but are all constructed, almost sequence by sequence, in the same way.

The following blockbusters have all been structured around the Hero's Journey template: Titanic, 1997 - grossed over $600,000,000; Star Wars, 1977 - grossed over $460,000,000; Shrek 2, 2004 - grossed over $436,000,000; ET, 1982 - grossed over $434,000,000; Spiderman, 2002 - grossed over $432,000,000. So how come you don't know it inside out?

For a number of very valid reasons, if you want to write (and sell) successful stories, whether they're Hollywood blockbusters, Indie successes, novels or other story forms, you need to master the Hero's Journey in a very detailed way...



In the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters, the backstory is made explicit in very specific slots of the story structure.

When the Hero is not initially encountered in his (or her) Deep Ordinary World but on his (or her) way to the Edge of his (or her) Ordinary World, then the backstory is often made explicit when the Hero is in the Inner Cave of the First Threshold.

In A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), we meet Blanche as she gets off the train and enters Stanley's World.

In The Quiet Man (1952), we meet Sean as he gets off the train in Ireland.

In The Godfather (1972), we meet Michael as he arrives in the Don's World.


If you're a serious writer and want to be able to sell your work, you need to understand the Complete 188+ stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth) in its entirety. You also need a good understanding of the Process of Transformation.

If you haven't already done so, you can buy our 188+ Hero's Journey template, Transformation Advanced Worksheets, Advanced Hero's Journey Plots and more at


Advanced worksheets include:

Classic Quest
Return of the Prodigal Son
Love Story
Love Triangle
Return to Claim a Lost Kingdom
Teen Slasher
Detective Hero
Freedom from Oppression
The Corruption of an Innocent
Damsel in Distress
Enemies become Partners
Search for an Elixir / Fountain of Youth

and more...

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