Well, as of tonight I should have about 75% of my big paper finished. I’m always amazed at how some papers just seem to flow and others are a struggle every step of the way. This big one has been more of a struggle than anything else. It’s been a struggle to find the sources that I need, a struggle to understand the material, a struggle to figure out what I wanted to say, and now its a struggle to figure out how to say it. However, one way or another it will get done, and hopefully I’ll wind up with an A in the class… I really want an A in the class. 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.