What’s the Structure of a Heroine’s Journey?

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The Structure of a Heroine’s Journey

Below the next video you’ll find three circles: the classic hero’s journey a la Joseph Campbell, Maureen Murdoch’s heroine’s journey, and my version. Refer to these images while you listen to the video. 

Here’s Joseph Campbell’s “monomyth,” designed to analyze the common patterns in stories throughout the ages, and still followed by classically-trained writers of all genres:

Joseph Campbell monomyth diagram

Here’s Maureen Murdoch’s version from her book, The Heroine’s Journey: a Woman’s Quest for Wholeness, designed to support women on a psychological journey:

heroines journey diagram

And here’s my version, designed to support feminist writers who value the traditional craft but want to create a new generation of stories that subvert, rather than uphold patriarchy and violent oppression:

how to write a heroines journey infographic by Heather Jo Flores


Writing Practice: Write an outline based on the heroine’s journey

Using the diagram above, create a draft outline of a story you’d like to write. If all you have is a vague idea, that’s fine! Just make up 12 story beats that correspond with each of the 12 steps in the above diagram, and write them down.

There’s a ton of stuff to think about here, and we’ve got a thriving community of brilliant, creative feminist writers, just waiting to unpack everything with you. Come and share your thoughts.

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