Exploring the Hero’s Journey is a new series about how to incorporate mythical ideas into any story to give it a universality.  This idea started with Joseph Campbell’s “Hero With a Thousand Faces” which he drew from hundreds of myths worldwide. Then Christopher Vogler wrote “The Writer’s Journey” that updates and simplifies it a little. Here is a chart that shows my version of the Hero’s Journey with the other two and a typical 3 act structure to make sense of it all.

My Hero”™s Journey The Writer”™s Journey The Hero with a Thousand Faces
ACT ONE DEPARTURE, SEPARATION
The Hero and the Ordinary World, Broken Ordinary World World of Common Day
Call to Adventure Call to Adventure
Refusal of the Call Refusal of the Call
Meeting the Mentor Supernatural Aid
The Hero and the Quest Crossing the Threshold Crossing the First Threshold
Belly of the Whale
ACT TWO DECENT, INITIATION, PENETRATION
Approach to the Inmost Cave Road of Trials
Ordeal
Meeting with the goddess
Woman as Temptress
Atonement with the Father
Apotheosis
Reward The Ultimate Boon
ACT THREE RETURN
The Road Back Refusal of the Return
The Magic Flight
The Hero and the Moment Rescue from Within
Crossing the Threshold
Return
The Hero and the Repercussions Resurrection Master of Two Worlds
Return with the Elixir Freedom to live
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