It’s obvious what the hero’s journey is as an overall story idea where the main character goes on a quest or possibly runs away from a quest. But somewhere (and I cannot remember where, sorry smart person who said it first) I heard it spelled out. Lightbulb Moment.
Here’s breakdown–you can think of it as a map for the hero’s journey:
- Main character gets called to journey (if you like the fairy tale model of storytelling, this is where Once Upon a Time is no longer the way it is. Something has changed and the hero must find it/decide to fix it/etc.)
- The MC goes through trials
- The MC faces her teachers
- The MC faces the battle
- The MC loses her fear (and lives happily ever after – or not)
This makes me think of almost every Disney animated movie but especially Kung Fu Panda.