Have you heard of the hero’s journey? It’s at the core of the mythic structure. It basically goes like this:
- Hero lives in the ORDINARY WORLD
- CALL TO ADVENTURE
- REFUSAL OF THE CALL
- CROSSING THE THRESHOLD (to some magical or new world, which is entering
- the BELLY OF THE WHALE). At this point, there is no return.
- TESTS AND ALLIES
- ROAD OF TRIALS
- ULTIMATE BOON (which is the achievement of the goal)
- REFUSAL OF THE RETURN (not necessarily by choice)
- RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR
- MASTER OF TWO WORLDS
The hero’s journey is a fairly typical story structure. With a mystery, however, the structure is slightly different.
See real book examples of this structure in practice and craft your outline!
Melissa Bourbon is a middle school teacher by day and a writer by night. She lives in an inspiring century old house in North Texas and loves being surrounded by real-life history. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams. Melissa is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series and A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series. She also writes the Bread Shop Mysteries with Kensington under the pen name Winnie Archer. She has written two romantic suspense novels, and a light paranormal romance.
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