Well, it’s the end of the week, and I certainly hope that all of you have had better weeks than I have. My week has thus far been dominated by a certain stressful malaise that’s made any kind of serious productivity very difficult. However, today in a new day, and on Monday a whole new week will begin! So, here’s to new beginnings and the eternal rejuvenation of the soul. If you haven’t had any kind of serious spiritual exercise this week, try taking some time out to read the book of Philippians and then read Rudyard Kipling’s poem If. I think you’ll find that there are a number of common themes between the two. Anyway, on to you’re plot challenge!
Your challenge: Take a movie, book, short story, play (whatever) that you love, and identify each character and significant plot point. Now, identify the three most significant, pivotal events in the story, and work your way back through the plot, but change those three events. For instance, in Romeo and Juliet you might change the death of Tibedo so that he lives. Now, work your way back through the story step by step and figure out how the characters would react to those changed plot points. How would they react (in character)? How does this change the overall events of the story? Feel free to use this as an impetus to write some up a new story entirely, but the goal here is to see how character’s themselves help to shape the plot of a story.