Bonus points if you can name everyone in the picture.
Bonus points if you can name everyone in the picture.

Well, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this yet, but I’m in a production of It’s A Wonderful Life at the moment, and we open on Saturday. That means that this past week has been tech week, which is thoroughly exhausting. It’s actually be a pretty good week throughout though. I sincerely hope that all of you have had as good a week as I’ve had, and that you have a wonderful weekend. However, I want to get you started off right. So, it’s time for a 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.

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