Well, I’m tired. I’ve spent this week reading Francis Schaeffer, Carl Henry, Emil Brunner, Karl Barth, Lon Fuller, and H. L. A. Hart… about 150 pages a day… and today I get to start into Hsun-Tzu (or Xunzi). Still, Alayna’s coming down tomorrow, and Sunday we’re going to have a date. I’m a little bit excited about that. We don’t get to do it very often. 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.