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Comparing The Story Grid Five Commandments And The Hero's Journey

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Saw this over at The Story Grid forums today:
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Five Commandments                       Hero's Journey
Terminology                                       Terminology
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Inciting Incident                                 The Call to Adventure
Progressive Complication #1          Refusal of the Call

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Progressive Complication #2         Crossing the Threshold
Progressive Complication #3         Tests, Allies, and Enemies
Turning Point Complication            The Ordeal
Crisis                                                   Apotheosis

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Climax                                                The Resurrection
Resolution                                         Reward and Return
 

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I think I follow the progression from "Inciting Incident," but I don't understand the "Five Commandments" and "Terminology."

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It's two columns - Five Commandments Terminology vs. Hero's Journey Terminology.
 

Here's a link about what goes into the Five Commandments:

https://storygrid.com/466/

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It’s now time to review the timeless principles that we rely upon to create and evaluate the building blocks of a long form story—scenes. Scenes build into sequences, which build into acts, which create our Beginning hooks, Middle builds and Ending payoffs.

The five elements that build story are the inciting incident (either causal or coincidental), progressive complications expressed through active or revelatory turning points, a crisis question that requires a choice between at least two negative alternatives or at least two irreconcilable goods, the climax choice and the resolution.

Here they are in outline form:

  • Inciting Incident
    • Causal
    • Coincidence
  • Progressive Complication
    • Active Turning Point
    • Revelatory Turning Point
  • Crisis
    • The Best Bad choice
    • Irreconcilable goods
  • Climax
  • Resolution

 

 

 

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These formulas are nice but I am inclined to think we a writer (unless a total newbie) to go with your gut.  I've found that most writers instinctively know mostly how to create a story simply because they read and watch movies.  But thanks so much for posting.  I like the Hero's Journey and find it helpful sometimes.  

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2 hours ago, Phy said:

It's two columns - Five Commandments Terminology vs. Hero's Journey Terminology.

Hah! Now that makes sense. Thanks for explaining the Five Commandments.

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I find that story structure templates are useful when I review my story during rewrite, to see if I am missing any plot points, or to see if I devote too many words or too few to any part. I also find it useful when writing a synopsis for a book proposal or cover letter, so that the synopsis tells a complete story. I do not do my initial plotting this way.

 

Paul

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