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Assignment 1 requires you to write a plot summary. But what is plot? According to Traditions in Literature, plot is "A series of events that present and resolve a conflict."
In other words plot is what the story is about. Conflict is a part of the story. Character + Conflict = Plot. Plot + Details = story.
Conflict-- A story has to have conflict. You can't write about a person who gets everything smoothly. You have to have problems in the story. The main character (protagonist) must face problems, whether external or internal.
If you want to write about a relationship, you can't just write about two people falling in love, getting married, and living happily ever after. You have to present problems. You can write that two people fall in love but can't get married because their families or society don't approve of their marriage or even love for each other. So they either have to change their society or elope....
Is it necessary to write the plot before you write the story? Plot gives your story shape, like a frame gives a building shape. It's easier to write the story once you've written the plot. You just follow the plot and add details. Of course you can write without a plot in mind. You'll just let the story go whichever way it does. I have written several stories without having a plot in mind but it's better to have a plot.
Plot summary is the summary of the plot. The plot summary of my story is: Two people fall in love but can't get married because their families as well as society doesn't approve of their marriage or even love. So they either have to change their society or elope.
Read How to Write a book and How to Create Conflict in the Story
Write the plot summary of a story you plan to write. After you write the plot summary, check to make sure you have conflict. If you don't, add conflict.
When giving Feedback:
Read the plot summary. Answer the following questions:
Is it a good plot? Is there enough conflict? Can you think of conflict situations that can be added to the plot? If yes, give an example and write where it can be added in the plot.
Lessons 2-Character Profile
Who are the characters in your story? What are their ages? What are their personalities? Where do they live? What kind of families do they have? What sort of society do they live in? What sort of feelings do they have about their society/families?
"Characters' actions and reactions must be consistent with their personalities." (Traditions in Literature) This means you should develop your characters so that their personalities go along with their role in your story.
Example character profile for the protagonist of my story:
Ellen, 19 years old, brown hair, blue eyes. Ellen doesn't understand why her society imposes restrictions on how a person should act or feel. she believes a person should be able to do whatever he/she wants. Yet, she fears her family and so doesn't let them know of her feelings.
Analyzing the character
Ellen has two opposite characteristics. 1- she feels a person should be allowed to do whatever he/she wants. 2- She fears her family and doesn't let them know of her feelings.
How will these two characteristics effect the plot of the story?
Assignment 2--Write a character profile for at least two of your characters, the protagonist and the antagonist.
When giving feedback, analyze the characters. How will the characters' personalities effect the plot? Are the characters' personalities consistent with the plot? Are the characters right for the plot? How can the characters change to make the story better?
Character Profile for Her Highness
Alicia- The protagonist: A woman whose life was a tragedy from the beginning. She is a good-natured person who is always helping people by volunteering at hospitals, etc.
Back ground - Her father died when she was a child. Her mother was an unsympathetic, proud woman who considered Alicia an outsider. Living in Britain for several decades didn't change her stance on daughters and women. Alicia's mother considers women a "secondary creation" apart from herself and her own generation, that is.
Lisa- The antagonist: Lisa is a jealous, revengeful woman; a lunatic. She wants to make sure Alicia's life is a misery and doesn't care who gets hurt in the process.
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