Developing Plot

Daily Prompt #23: Story Title Ideas

Using the title generator above, write a piece of flash fiction for the title generated.

Write for five minutes.

Today, you’re going to start work on your fiction pieces.

To help you generate ideas, you’re going to work in groups and complete the following on white boards (be prepared to share with the class). The ideas shared are free game for anyone in the class to use. More than one person can use the same idea. 🙂

Generate ONE idea for a short story with the following information:

  • Potential Title
  • Plot (use the half sheet plot chart provided to help you)
  • List of characters
  • List of settings (including all years and times)
  • Main theme
  • Genre (the one it most fits under)

After sharing, use the remainder of the class to write and fill out the blank plot chart provided for your own fiction story (use the basic chart for writing a short short and the hero’s journey chart for novel excerpts).

Happy writing!

 

Plot: the Hero’s Journey

Daily Prompt #19: Considering yourself as a character

Guess what?  There’s going to be a book written about you!  What’s the title?  
Come up with at least one idea that you think each of the following people would suggest.

* Yourself
* Your mom (or dad or guardian: your choice)
* Your best friend
* Your worst enemy (or someone who doesn’t really care for you or someone who doesn’t really know you)
* Your pet (or your favorite toy or possession)

Take seven minutes.

As you start to develop ideas for your pieces of fiction, you need to closely consider the plot of your story. Aside from the traditional mountain peak plotline, another way of checking to make sure your plot is interesting is by testing it against the hero’s journey.

At your table, using the diagram provided, take a story or movie you all know and see how it fits this plot. Write it on a whiteboard and be prepared to share with the class.

Developing your plot is probably going to be one of the hardest aspects of this unit. Tomorrow, we will spend some time generating ideas for potential plots.

For the remainder of the hour, start making a list of some general ideas you have for stories. Or, if you already have your ready, begin working on it.

Plot: the Hero’s Journey

Daily Prompt #33: Considering yourself as a character

Guess what?  There’s going to be a book written about you!  What’s the title?  
Come up with at least one idea that you think each of the following people would suggest.

* Yourself
* Your mom (or dad or guardian: your choice)
* Your best friend
* Your worst enemy (or someone who doesn’t really care for you or someone who doesn’t really know you)
* Your pet (or your favorite toy or possession)

Take seven minutes.

As you develop your pieces of fiction, you need to closely consider the plot of your story. Aside from the traditional mountain peak plotline, another way of checking to make sure your plot is interesting is by testing it against the hero’s journey.

Using the diagram provided, take a story or movie you know and see how it fits this plot. Write the plot down, either directly on the handout or in your notebook.

Use the remainder of class to work on your story.

Character, Plot, Setting Development

Daily Prompt

WN #17: “Remember to buy boxes and tape.” ~The Sarcastic Scribe

Incorporate your peer’s six-word story into your own piece of writing.

Write for five minutes.

Don’t forget!  Cromaine Library is having an annual writing contest.  Consider submitting.  The deadline is next Monday!

For today and Thursday, I’m providing you with three different writing activities.  Try one, two, or all three.  They are all designed to help you write with more detail and precision.

Activity #1: Character development

  • Flip to a new page and write the name of a fictional character at the top, a character you have already created.
  • Now, create a character dossier.  Get to know your character as well as you can.   Then, use this information, add it to a piece you have already written with this character, or consider writing a new piece with the character.
  • To be a truly descriptive writer, you need to know your characters deeply.  This is an exercise that can help you do that.  You may be surprised what you learn about your characters.

Activity #2: Plot development

  • There is a concept called the Hero’s Journey.  The concept is that all stories have 12 stages.  It’s a more elaborate version of the “mountain” plot line you’ve all seen.
  • Take a story you have already written or an idea you have and see if it contains all of the 12 stages.  If not, what could you add to make your plot richer and more complex?

Activity #3: Setting development

  • Select one setting for a piece you have already written (look back through your old daily prompts for inspiration).
  • Make a five senses chart (see, hear, feel, smell, touch) and fill it out, being sure to have at least a few items for each sense.
  • Next, take these descriptions and write a vivid paragraph describing the setting.  Consider whose point of view you want to tell it from (is it you, an omniscent narrator, a character?).  Do you want to use first, second, or third person point of view?
  • Another interesting activity that develops both character and setting would be two have two different characters describe the same setting.

As you write, I will continue conferencing.

Happy writing!