First of all, I want to apologize for the missed post on Wednesday. Usually when someone misses a post, I’m there to put something up, but I’ve been fairly ill this week and I spent most of the day Tuesday and Wednesday curled up and trying not to move. Unfortunately, posting Wednesday’s challenge completely slipped my mind. So, while I’m doing much better than I was, I’m still under the weather, and I’m going to keep this nice and short. Your exercise today is a plot change challenge and the rules are below:
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.