So, a month ago I had just been told that there was no pre-work for the Ph.D. seminar that I’m taking this semester… …that wound up changing at the last minute and I had to read a ton and write a paper in a week… some things never change :). Now, I’m staring at a list of about forty articles and five books that I need to read for the two papers that I’m writing this semester… yup… they just never change. I am, fortunately, fairly excited about the topics that I’m planning to write on, so that’s a wonderful thing. However, it is going to be a ton of reading. Anyway, 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.