“A plot is a series of events deliberately arranged so as to reveal their dramatic, thematic, and emotional significance.” -Janet BurrowayTo summarize: Series of events Deliberately arranged Significant!
Show Off What you know: What did you notice about what’s required before you begin any story?
Must Haves For a Start Character(s) Basic plot idea (beginning, middle, and end), including a conflict
Common Story Structures http://teachingliteracy.tumblr.com/
Brainstorm Plot Ideas See Classic Plot Structures worksheet.
Three Sentence Plot Break your story idea down into three sentences of three words each. That will give you a beginning, middle, and end to help you understand the foundation of your story. By having to choose three verbs, you’ll be forcing yourself to consider three important parts of the action.
What You end up with: Three By Three We all know classic story descriptions in this form. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl. Stories have a beginning, middle, and end. Cinderella can’t go. She goes anyway. Cinderella gets Prince.
Get Inspired See unique plot ideas worksheet.
Story Machine Cards You have ten index cards in front of you. On the first five, list labels associated with what they do (jobs, activities, etc.) On the second five cards, list a mildly strange or unusual behavior. These do not have to be associated with the labels on the other cards. In fact, it would be better if they were not.
Shuffle the Story Machine Shuffle each pack of cards SEPERATELY. Now, ask “Why did Card A do Card B?” “Why did the fashion model pick up the paper on the driveway?” Continue to flip cards until you find a question that’s worth answering. There are many possible pairings. Reshuffle if necessary. The event suggested by the machine may work best at the beginning of the story, but think of what would happen if you placed it at the end or in the middle.