The Story Template is a new writing tool soon to be available on the market in 2010-2011. It describes story structure on the data-persuaded assumption that "good" stories are nearly identical in the elements of structure it describes. Its data sample does not include short stories, comics, TV shows, documentaries, plays etc., but does include novels and full-length movies.
The Story Template proposes a description of story including a greater number of essential elements than those described in systems such as Freytag's Pyramid, The Hero's Journey, or The Monomyth. Furthermore, The Story Template also insists that existing systems, particularly The Hero's Journey and The Monomyth are too rigid in their interpretation of story to be applicable to most "good" works.
The Story Template embraces a more fluid model that it claims is both sensitive and specific to most "good" works. The Story Template was compiled by analyzing subjectively-chosen "good" modern stories side-by-side for similarities. The proportions of these similarities in reference to the story's endpoints were finalized through a statistical analysis among subjects.