The Jarvis Method, Good Story Structure and StoryCraft

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As a fiction writer, I’ve discovered one of the hardest parts of creating a story isn’t in the writing process, it’s figuring out the best structure to tell the story. The majority of movie scripts use the three-act structure, sometimes throwing in a prologue and epilogue which essentially turns it into a five-act structure in the storytelling process.

But there’s more to story structure than just its acts: beginning, middle and end. The Jarvis method uses what all of “civilization’s great myths and literary classics have in common,” a well-plotted and structured story.

Pulling ideas from Joseph Campbell’s the “Hero with a Thousand Faces,” the Jarvis method asks you questions about your characters, her adversaries, her ordinary and extraordinary worlds and more. It helps you construct a plot line, themes and conflicts as it aids in full character development. Your story becomes better because of this method. It doesn’t write your story for you – it helps you develop it to its full potential.

StoryCraft software, StoryCraft Luxury and StoryCraft Screenplay all use these elements when helping design your story structure. You won’t find the Jarvis Method listed in any other kind of software as it is proprietary to this software.

John Jarvis, a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, also wrote scripts while working in Hollywood, is one of the creators behind this software. He designed the Jarvis Method to work with his software creating these mythological premises found in a good stories and movies today.

Writers argue about the validity of the “Hero’s Journey” in story today, but it still works — the proof is in the pudding. The blockbuster “Avatar” uses these mythological principles as it tells its story. It works because these mythological archetypes are present in our unconscious and deeply resonate with the movie fan or reader as they enjoy the story.

Deep myth and archetypes go beyond cultural or societal boundaries and touch something within all of us – no matter in which country we find ourselves. That’s why “Avatar” is such a great hit – because it’s in tune with the myth buried within: the “Hero’s Journey.”

It doesn’t matter whether your story is a fantasy, science fiction, drama, true story or epic — the “Hero’s Journey” works with all of them.

Find out how easy it is to use this software and incorporate the “Hero’s Journey” into your story by clicking on the link below to see a demo of how it works.

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Source by Laurie Brenner

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