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Friday, January 20, 2006

Writing Prompt: Which Comes First the Plot or the Story?

Use the Plot Map that you made earlier this week to write a story. Write a new version based on the same plot or even an entirely different story using the plot as your springboard. Change the characters, but keep the events the same. Change the events, but keep the same characters and the same outcomes. The possibilities are endless.

For example, I chose to map Beauty and the Beast. This plot has been retooled and reshaped more times than any of us can know. Robin McKinely's rendering, Beauty, is one of my favorites. Then there's the Disney version, and before that it was a television series starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. Each of these versions tell the same story in a unique way. How would you tell the story? Use your chosen story's plot points as your guide and have fun.

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