George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, says he was influenced by myth expert Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Other screenwriters and filmmakers followed suit.
The help Lucas found through Campbell came to mind as I struggled with how to tell one of my personal stories. I turned to Campbell through Christopher Vogler’s Writer’s Journey which draws heavily on Campbell’s work. In the hero’s journey one can expect, at the least, a call to adventure, trials, a supreme ordeal, and a return.
Myth and the hero’s journey aren’t the only forms a story can take. And not everyone appreciates Campbell’s thought. But when your story fits the hero’s journey, Campbell’s thought is an extremely useful tool.