Oisin suggested that I look up Dan Harmon’s essays on narrative and the ‘Channel 101’ website. While searching, this interview on the Wired website caught my eye as it explains how Dan Harmon has adapted the structure of the Hero’s Journey into his own workflow:
Harmon uses “the circle, an algorithm that distills a narrative into eight steps.” The article itself also uses this structure to relate Harmon’s career path.
- A character is in a zone of comfort.
- But they want something.
- They enter an unusual situation.
- Adapt to it.
- Get what they wanted.
- Pay a heavy price for it.
- Return to their familiar situation.
- Having changed.