Dan Harmon’s Story Circle is quite simple, yet very intriguing. Your story starts from 12 o’clock position, going clockwise.

  1. You (a character is in a zone of comfort)
  2. Need (but they want something)
  3. Go (they enter an unfamiliar situation)
  4. Search (adapt to it)
  5. Find (find what they wanted)
  6. Take (pay its price)
  7. Return (and go back to where they started)
  8. Change (now capable of change)

Try to see if your favorite movie or book applies to this pattern!

Reference: Story Structure 104: The Juicy Details