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Chapter Six

The Hero’s Journey

Implementing the Classic Storytelling Model

Paula Munier

All stories—whether you’re entertaining your friends at the watercooler with a story about the bachelorette party you attended in Las Vegas or amusing your child with a bedtime fairy tale—are made up of three parts: beginning, middle and end. The three-act structure is the classic storytelling model: from “Once upon a time” to “happily ever after,” and all the good stuff in between.

Once you understand and begin implementing the basic three acts, you can then refine the structure further. One way to do this is by following the hero’s journey, in which the main character undergoes a meaningful transformation over the course of the narrative. But before we dive ...

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