This post is the first in a series I’m beginning on The Hero’s Journey story structure. It’s important to note, you can use any structure you like. In fact, go crazy, have fun. But, some of the most popular (I won’t say best) films use this structure. Notable examples include the Star Wars flicks and pretty much anything Disney makes.
I’m not saying it’s the best structure you can use. What I am saying is that if you’re writing popular fiction (as opposed to literary) you could do worse than to at least try to understand how this structure works. The best way I know to do that is to apply it to anything and everything, films and stories you encounter every day, to become more comfortable with it.