(Go to Part 1 here. Scroll down to the middle please to find “Article: The Hero’s Journey Structure for Writers of Narrative Non-Fiction and Feature Writers“)
Now, after discovering Vogler’s book and taking a storytelling class on narrative structures by Uwe Walter, I would approach my outline in a slightly different way:
Interview for the Hero’s Journey stations
In other words, ask the right questions to learn things like:
-What initially held the subject back from embarking on the project/adventure/journey?
-Who became the subject’s mentor?
– What sparked the subject to embark?
-What ordeals did the subject encounter along the way?
-How did the subject overcome in the ordeal (or fail to overcome)?
Analyze how your main character (and even minor characters) worked through a 12-step hero’s journey.
-How did the stations on that path impact my character’s development?
Plot out the scenes and actions in the story that propel your character/subject from a higher station to demise or from a lower station to a moment of glory along the so-called dramatic staircase.
When it’s time to write your story, step away from techniques and structures and tell the story in the most natural way possible.