Happy Black Friday… or Sad Black Friday, depending on how you look at it. I hope that none of you break anything tonight… I used to work at Walmart… there are stories… that is all I’m saying. Anyway, if you are shopping then may God’s protection go with you, and if you are not shopping then I praise your wisdom. In all seriousness, though, I have a plot challenge for you, and in honor of my day, 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.