Kal Bashir's 188 phase Hero's Journey (Monomyth) is the templet upon which the huge bulk of successful narratives and Film Industry blockbusters are based upon. In fact, ALL of the 100s of Film Industry movies we have got deconstructed (see uniform resource locator below) are based on this 188+ phase template.
Understanding this templet is a precedence for narrative or screenwriters. This is the templet you must acquire the hang if you are to win in the craft.
[The nomenclature is most often metaphorical and uses to all successful narratives and screenplays, from The Godfather (1972) to Brokeback Mountain (2006) to Annie Hallway (1977) to Godhead of the Rings (2003) to Drugstore Cowboy (1989) to Thelma and Louise (1991) to Apocaplyse Now (1979)].
THERE IS ONLY ONE STORY
SITUATIONAL AND STRUCTURAL STORYTELLING
It's important to get away from this thought that all narratives are different.
On a situational degree all narratives are. For example, Gladiator (2000), Alien (1979) and The Godfather (1972) all are situationally very different.
But on a structural and subconscious mind level, they're all the same.
And I don't intend basic structure, like three enactment construction (of course of study narratives have got a beginning, center and end). And I don't intend secret plan points etc either (Plot Point 1 and 2, Center etc).
I mean, sequence by sequence, the huge bulk of successful narratives [we haven't set up one that doesn't] follow the same procedure that forces the Hero and Major Characters through the procedure of Transformation and Challenge Resolution.
What this agency is that you, as a writer, must confidently understand this construction (Kal Bashir's 188+ phase Hero's Journey), usage it to establish your structural lineation and then superimpose your state of affairs over it.
(simply travel to http://www.heros-journey.info/ for full details)
ABRIDGED TIPS, excerpts AND EXAMPLES:
THE HERO'S journeying AND transmutation WILL DECIDE EXACTLY WHO THE allies ARE
Subplots aside, it is the hero's journeying and transmutation that volition make up one's mind who his (or her) allies are.
[Aristotle's Poetics reasons that you make away with subplots altogether].
For illustration (simplified):
The Supernatural Aid's mathematical mathematical mathematical mathematical function is to specifically steer the hero on the journey and through a peculiar transformation.
The Romantic Challenge's function is to show propinquity to the New Self (the Hero only really wins over the Romantic Challenge after the Seizing of the Sword and the Rebirth).
The Loyal Ally's function is to show the Hero's abilities by comparison.
The Shape Shifter's function is to show every other sides of the Hero's Own Self (using a Freudian analysis, the Shape Sceneshifter is representative of the Ego that tin aline itself with the Idaho or Superego).
and so on....