Genre tips

Today’s #AtoZChallenge: Genres–Mythology

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic. This year, my second year with A to Z, I’ll cover writing genres.

Today’s genre:



Mythology: a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature

Tipsa to z

  1. Have the hero go on a journey that ultimately leads to themselves. By the end of the journey, the hero realizes what he already had.
  2. Pose the key question: What is your destiny?
  3. Often, the hero starts and ends the story in the same physical location.
  4. Employ the writing technique, the Hero’s Journey.
  5. The antagonist may be a group of individuals, met at separate times, that the hero defeats before moving on in his journey.
  6. Include a cosmic self-revelation for the hero that is public. He must realize it’s important not only to take responsibility for himself but the world around him.

Popular Books

  1. Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch (1855)
  2. Metamorphoses by Ovid, published ca. 8 AD
  3. The Odyssey by Homer, written 7-8th century BC
  4. The Iliad by Homer, written 7-8th century BC
  5. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  6. One-Hundred-and-One Read-Aloud Myths and Legends by Joan C. Verniero and Robin Fitzsimmons
  7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  8. Theogony by Hesiod

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

52 thoughts on “Today’s #AtoZChallenge: Genres–Mythology

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  3. It is interesting how myths from different cultures have similar symbols and themes. Maori have many myths about strong willed women and fearless warriors whose love for a beautiful woman becomes his downfall.

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  4. A good book to read is “The Hero With A Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell, where he gets into a lot of the psychological aspects of mythology. Christopher Vogler wrote “The Writer’s Journey,” a “how-to” manual based on Campbell’s work, that goes into the construction of a “hero’s journey” type story. I really got a lot out of both.

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  5. Hello fellow A-to-Zer! Excellent definition of Mythology; very clear and concise. Also, I am impressed by your theme. When I try to go through the alphabet and name a literary genre for each letter, I get stuck in several places. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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    • To me, most stories end where they began though changed. That isn’t a physical location but the hero/main character. S/he is back to status, past the drama of the story. It helps me organize my writing.


  6. II loved reading the “Hero’s Journey” and the “Writer’s Journey.” Both books were most helpful when I was writing the 1st and 2nd editions of my fairy tale, “Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift.” “The Herder Dictionary of Symbols” and the “Dictionary of Symbols (2nd Edition)” offered excellent mythological explanations. Thank you for the lovely mythology reminder!

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  7. Another great post. The Hero’s Journey is such an effective template, Campbell really hit it out of the park with that. Would “Lord Of The Rings” fall under this category, with so many plots and characters?

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