This Hero’s Journey Template is a compilation of Christopher Vogler’s simplified version (from his book The Writer’s Journey) of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. With additions from Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, Nancy Duarte’s book Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences, Donald Miller’s Building A Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen, Robert McKee’s Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, and others that I’ve spoken about in my course.
We can be as simple or as complicated and detailed as we like with mapping a story – I think Joseph Campbell’s model with his 17 stages of the monomyth is too complicated and a little too rigid or prescriptive for our purposes (You can read about the monomyth here). I rather like Vogler’s reduction to 12 stages (which this template is based on), and Dan Harmon’s 8 stage model (we talk about that here), and even the simple conception described by Billy Wilder – Act 1, you put your character up a tree; Act 2 you light the tree on fire; and Act 3 you get him down!
Download one of these templates and have a look at the structure. You can copy the first sheet in the spreadsheet and create for yourself a blank template for the “Outer Example” and “Inner Example” columns and use this to sketch your own stories.