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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. 

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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:

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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:

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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:

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Homework

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.

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