Here’s an interesting article from the Atlantic by John Yorke on the structure of storytelling. He boils narrative art down to: going on quests, defeating monsters, the three-act telling.
I love the line: “One either tells all stories according to a pattern or none at all. If storytelling does have a universal shape, this has to be self-evident.” Yorke goes on to defend the need for writers to be grounded in theory before taking on more experimental writing. He quotes Eugene Delacroix: “First learn to be a craftsman; it won’t keep you from being a genius.”