The elements of story:
This is the traditional story arc, and it has many incarnations:
- Hero's journey — Joseph Campbell's Monomyth
- Once there was a — fairytale structure
- Three-act story structure
- Lost and found
- What is, what could be, call-to-action
- Platform, tilt, resolution
While the traditional story arc is powerful and reliable, other approaches are possible.
Different story structures produce different results.