At this stage, you will conceptualize a multimedia production that incorporates the key attributes of a story (hero, villain, quest, tests and trials, triumph and transformation).
The key elements of a story are the characters and the quest.
A story must have at least two characters: the hero and the villain.
The hero is the principal character who embodies good or noble qualities. We experience the story through the hero's eyes.
The villain is the hero's alter ego; the principal character who acts in opposition to the hero.
The hero's quest is the narrative backbone of the story. The quest begins in the "ordinary world" of everyday life. When the hero embarks on his quest, he crosses the threshold from the ordinary world into the "special world" in search of a prize that can only be found in the special world.
The hero must successfully overcome a series of tests or trials, of increasing severity, before he can win the right to seize the prize. The villain is the character who imposes those trials on the hero.
When the hero finally returns with the prize to the ordinary world, he is forever changed. His prize is wisdom, which gives him the power to do extraordinary good in the ordinary world from whence he came.
Begin by thinking deeply about the key elements of your story.
Reflect on your own feelings about the characters. How do you want the audience to experience them? What is the hero's quest? What is the prize? How is he transformed by his adventure?
Make a list of the key events of the story. Use the following diagram as a model:
Adapted from Vogler, C. (2007). The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers (3rd ed.). Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.