The Hero’s Journey Ted Talk Video

When you start out in something you’re serious about you look for patterns or models that have been established to help you understand it better. When I first started writing, or rather, studying the craft of writing, I came across The Hero’s Journey.[/templ_dropcaps]

The Hero’s Journey is a model that Joseph Campbell established in his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In short, the book maintains that over the ages, and across cultures, humans have a set core of beliefs concerning our heros that constantly manifests itself in our story telling traditions. The hero has a pattern, or a type that is seen all over the world. Mr. Campbell went on to consolidate these common occurrences (in their various forms), and created a model called The Hero’s Journey.

I found a fun video on TED that depicts The Hero’s Journey and included it below. Also, I’ve included a diagram that outlines the various stages of The Hero’s Journey. Have you used this in your writing, or are you planning to? If so, let me know about it in the comments!

heros JourneyIf you search on the Internet, you will find a ton of resources for The Heroe’s Journey.  There are many graphics depicting the process (the monomyth model) in various forms. Here are a couple Heroe’s Journey graphics for you to consider.




joseph campbells monomyth

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Justin was born with an active imagination on a U.S. naval base in Spain, but has spent most of his life in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains of Utah. He is bilingual, and has lived all over the world. He has four children; two boys, and two girls, and an enduring wife. He doesn't have any pets that he's aware of, but his children have been known to hide things under his bed.

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Justin is the author of The Magic Shop. He has also been published in several anthologies, including The Crimson Pact (Volumes 1, 2, and 5), The Memory Eater, and Short Sips: Coffee House Flash Fiction Collection 2.
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