Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook (Chapter 2, page 1 of 3)

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Chapter 2

Plot: the sequence of events within a story, movie, novel, or in some cases, songs and poetry.

I. Sometimes, the plot varies.

A. It can be composed of a lot of physical action.

List five stories or movies that have a lot of physical action within the work.

(For example: "The Most Dangerous Game" -- a story where one man actually hunts another man.)

B. Sometimes the plot is full of psychological or mental/emotional action, not a lot of physical action.

List five stories or movies that have mainly mental/emotional or psychological action.

(For example: "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" -- a story where an old woman is dying. She is not moving physically, but she is simply lying on a bed thinking back over her life.)

If you want to be a good writer, be a good reader. The stories like those mentioned above are two classics that are often required reading in literature classes.

NOTE: Generally, a plot follows this structure. The opening of the story establishes the setting and introduces the characters (exposition). Then, there is usually one event that starts the conflict and suspense in the story (inciting element). From there, the plot thickens; the characters get into more trouble and there are complications (rising action).

Finally, a high point will be reached where the conflict and struggle will end one way or another (climax). Then, there will be a period after this in which some resolution occurs (resolution, falling action).

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