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Overcoming the monster – The protagonist sets out to defeat a force that threatens.
Rags to Riches – The poor protagonist acquires power and wealth then loses them but gains them back and grows in the process.
The Quest – The protagonist, perhaps accompanied sets out to acquire some treasure or objective facing obstacles all along the way.
Voyage and Return – The protagonist goes to some strange land or location eventually returning all the better for the experiences.
Comedy – The protagonists are destined to be in love but things conspire to keep them apart. Eventually after many trials they get together.
Tragedy – The protagonist suffers a fall from grace, his/her death brings about a happy ending.
Rebirth – The protagonist is a villain or somehow unpopular, he/she redeems him/herself through the course of the story.
or by Arthur Quiller-Crouch
Human v human
Human v nature
Human against god
Human v society
Human in the middle
Woman & Man
Human v him/herself.
There are many more variations on this but nothing original from me. Which one might be the story of your life? Knowing it could save you a lot of pointless conversation - it's better if you can point to a meaningful structure rather than struggle through some tedious narrative.