The Monomyth is known as the Heroic Journey.
As a Journey, the story is focused on external events.
However, a Transformation is not a journey.
It is an experience and it is focused on internal events.
Now, we have three questions:
- How do they relate?
- How do they evoke meaning?
- How do they bring Power to your Story?
As an externally-focused complication, the Journey takes the Heroine through a string of events, people, and places.
This ever-changing and expanding coloring of texture, the Journey Story Model brings power and vitality and richness.
Never forget this Story Model is focused on the external world of your Characters, not the internal one.
As an internally-focused complication, the Transformation takes the Heroine through a string of revelations until she comes to one final concluding Epiphany.
This dynamic and constricting texture brings meaning and purpose.
Where the Journey expands your story to an External Revelation (Symbolic), the Transformation restricts your story to an Internal Revelation (Epiphany, Apotheosis).
The Internal Revelation heals, soothes, and brings balance to your Heroine’s Psyche.
Never forget this Power Tool is focused on the internal world of your Characters, not the external one.
I know, I know..
What does this have to do with your Story Design?
Your story is actually Two Stories in one, did you know that?
This is because stories symbolize life and your life is a layer of meaning, from the internal one to the external one.
You have two stories, one is external and the other is internal.
The external one is called your Want.
The internal one is called your Need.
As a WANT, this is a public burden the Heroine deals with and must change in the same manner, outside of herself.
When you work on Story Design, remember your Heroine's WANT is external and is solved through the PLOT (A Story, Spine, etc.).
NOTE: The problem with your Heroine is her NEED, not her WANT. After resolving her need, she can easily resolve her want.
As a NEED, this is either a personal or private burden the Protagonist deals with and must change in the same manner, within herself.
When you work on Story Design, remember your Heroine's NEED is internal and is solved through the SUB-PLOT (B Story, Love Story, Heart Story, etc.).
NOTE: The problem with your Heroine is her NEED, not her WANT. When she solves her need, she can easily resolve her want.
Isn't this fun?
Just remember when you design your Story, you are weaving two stories into one.
External Story (The Journey)
- Want – Purpose
- The Journey (Dramatic Function and Story Model)
- External – Story World
- Emotional – Character
Internal Story (The Transformation)
- Need – Purpose
- The Transformation (Dramatic Function)
- Internal – Story World
- Mental – Character