Well… it’s go time. Tomorrow I start into Aquinas’ Summa Theologica (again), though this time I’ll be working with sections from Part 1, Part 1-2, and Part 2-2. At least this time it feels like somewhat familiar territory and I have some general idea of what I’m getting myself into. That, at least, is encouraging–even if what I’m getting myself into is ridiculous :P. Anyway, this section of the paper needs to be about fifteen to seventeen pages long…of course, chances are that it will wind up being forty to seventy pages instead, but then I guess that I’ll just have to publish a book (figure if each of the three sections is sixty pages long, plus introduction and conclusion I’ve got myself a nice manuscript. Regardless, you’re here for a plot 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.