Love this movie!
Love this movie!

So, I have set myself a new goal (we’ll see how long this one lasts). Since I am planning on reading at least 50 pages a day (probably more) of philosophy texts, I thought I might try to combine exercise and reading. So, my plan is to fast-walk/jog on a treadmill for 1.5-4 hours a day while I do my reading! Anyone else like the sound of that? If nothing else, I might lose some weight (which would be quite welcome). Anyway, it’s time for your plot challenge. So, here are the rules for today’s challenge:

Your challenge: Take a movie, book, short story, play (preferably something religious) 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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