Do you hate it when people unexpectedly change things on you? We’ve been operating on WordPress for something like five years (honestly, I stopped really counting a couple of years ago… now when I do the annual ‘birthday of the blog’ post… I just guess) and they’ve sprung a few organizational changes on me. Today I logged in to find the entire administrative page has been ‘updated’ to a new system that doesn’t work quite the same way. I don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that as I use it, get used to it, and learn how to do what I need to do with it I’m sure that it will probably turn out to be ‘superior’ to the old format. In a year I’ll probably like this format a lot. Right now, it just frustrates me. Anyway, enough of my complaining, I have a plot challenge for you today. 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.