images (2)Have you ever played the game Resistance? It’s quite a lot of fun! I’ve been playing it with Alayna’s family for the past few hours. However, I can’t seem to convince Alayna that I’m good. I definitely need to work on lying to her. It seems like it will be a useful skill in the future… … … Okay, that’s probably not something that I’m actually likely to do. I do hope that you all had a wonderful holiday, and that you’re getting yourselves back to work today. I just found out that I have no pre-work for my Ph.D. seminar next semester (YAY!). However, that just means that I can get that much more of my overall reading for the semester out of the way (yay…) :P. 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.

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