Story Structure · Writing

Inside Story: Notes on the 3-Act Structure

In my review of Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc by Dara Marks, we had a brief look at the importance of theme in the creation of stories. Once you’ve identified what your story is really about – or its thematic value – you can begin to build a structure around your characters… Continue reading Inside Story: Notes on the 3-Act Structure

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The Heroine’s Journey: Return with the Elixir

Our heroine has reached the end of her journey and returns transformed. This stage is about the ascension of the new mother. The heroine is changed and so the world is changed. She can now start a new life, establish a new family or community. Jane Eyre Returns with the Elixir Jane returns to Thornfield… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Return with the Elixir

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The Heroine’s Journey: Resurrection

Our heroine has taken the Road Back to the Ordinary World and must now be resurrected. This stage is about purification and the purging of the past, and it takes us to the climax which requires another death. This is where the heroine must demonstrate what she has learnt. In the heroine’s journey this stage… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Resurrection

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The Heroine’s Journey: Approach the Inmost Cave

Our heroine is now enmeshed in a strange new world with different rules she doesn’t understand. She must prepare for the descent into darkness to face the ultimate test. In the heroine’s journey this stage often involves a confrontation with the dark masculine, like Bluebeard, or the powerless father. The heroine realises the father cannot… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Approach the Inmost Cave