51egiO7exrLSo, today I finished Ralph McInerny’s Ethica Thomistica (which is much less intimidating than it sounds… actually, I suggest it if you want a quick introduction to Thomistic ethics… some parts are a little technical, but it’s only about 121 pages long and gives a good basic overview) and I’m about to start Gerald Malsary’s translation of Martin Rhonheimer’s The Perspective of Morality: Philosophical Foundations of Thomistic Virtue Ethics (which should be much more robust). So… yeah, read 2 and a half books last week, and a book and a half so far this week, and I’m hoping to be done with Rhonheimer by Tuesday(ish). So, the research is going fairly well. 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.

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