(Go back to Part 1 on this page. 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 with Uwe Walter, I would approach my outline in a slightly different way:
Interview for the Hero’s Journey stations
In other words, ask questions related to each station on the journey 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 on the quest?
-What ordeals did the subject encounter along the way?
-How did the subject overcome in the ordeal (or fail to overcome)?
Analyze the impact on your main character (and even minor characters) of going through each step on the Hero’s Journey.
-How did your main character’s perspective change after going through X, Y, or Z?
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.