Episode 010: Story Is King (Part 5 of 6): The Hero’s Journey

Thursday, January 21, 2016 | by Ed Williams and Brent Lyles

1 hour and 1 minute


In this episode, Brent takes the lead and shares with us another story theory: The Hero’s Journey. Found in epic movies such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, The Hero’s Journey invites us to tell a story using a Three Act Structure, 12 steps your character must go through to grow, and character archetypes that will challenge your character and entertain your readers.


Key Takeaways

  • Write your story first. Then chose a story theory. If you decide to learn the theory first, then write your story, you’ll try to write within the context of the theory and have a more difficult time just getting the broader stuff out of your head and onto paper. Writing first, you get everything out of your head from start to finish. Then when you finish learning a theory, you can now rewrite your completed draft through the lens of this theory, and have the chance to improve what you’ve already written for the next draft.
  • Don’t cherry pick theories to start. If you’re going to do The Hero’s Journey, do The Hero’s Journey. If you’re going to do Dramatica, do Dramatica. Don’t confuse yourself or your story by mixing all the theories up. Have a single focus.
  • The Hero’s Journey gives you more flexibility. There are different variations of the theory that use different terminology, but you can chose the one that fits you best.

Your hosts

Ed Williams

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Brent Lyles

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