Does it have to?
There's a pretty good site (okay, their selling something but I still like their outlines) that talkes about the Hero's Journey. They list a bunch of movies on the site and outline them into the Hero's Journey. And they do it more indepth than I've ever seen it before. 188 stages!
Now I want to go back and watch the movies so I can match them up visually to the Hero's outline, because I just want this to sink into my brain better.
Now I'm looking at my own WIP and trying to see how it fits. Did I cover all my bases? Forget a major part that will leave my work looking weak? And if I have a hero and heroine who are both major players....do I have to "journey" them both? I mean, sometimes I'm in the heroine's head so does she need a journey here too? And did that guy who wrote Star Wars have the hero's journey in his head when he was writing it?
Here's the basic journey I'm working off of:
Not 188 but its a start.
Does anyone think of this while their working their WIP?