It’s Wednesday and you know what that means. Yup, it’s time for another conference challenge! You didn’t think we were stopping at three, did you?
There’s speed dialing.
There’s speed dating.
And there may even be speed skaters who do both.
But, here at As the Eraser Burns we have a whole new take on the speed thing.
We call it Speed Plotting.
Your challenge this week (from Laura’s fertile brain…seriously, what would I do without her?) is to plot as many stories as possible in twenty minutes. Nothing elaborate, no five-page outlines.We’re talking very simple, rough stuff that includes:
- Opening introduction
- Inciting Incident
- Turning Point #1
- Turning Point #2
- Turning Point #3 – Climax
Before going all out on this challenge, you may want to warm-up by plotting a book or movie. I picked one of my favorite chick-flicks, “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Here is my feeble attempt:
- Fashion designer Melanie gets engaged to her wealthy NY politician boyfriend who thinks she is a southern debutante
- She is still married to her high school sweetheart Jake, whom she has been trying to divorce for years
- Melanie travels to her working class hometown in Alabama and finally convinces him to sign the divorce papers.
- Her fiancee shows up in Alabama and finds out the truth about her past. At first angry, he forgives her.
- At their wedding, Melanie learns she is still married to Jake – he signed the papers, but she never did.
- Realizing that she is still in love with Jake, she finds him and they are reunited for good.
- Jamie gets a puppy for her birthday.
- The puppy is stolen.
- Jamie’s mom buys another puppy, but Jamie can tell it’s not the same one.
- A creepy science teacher tells Jamie he saw the puppy at the pound.
- Jamie finds out it was his evil science teacher who stole the puppy for a dangerous experiment.
- Jamie shows up at the science fair only seconds before his puppy’s brains are turned to mush and saves the day.
Sorry, but I just had to post a cute puppy picture.
Keep it simple and above all else…have fun with it!! And remember to comment here to let us know that you did the challenge so you can rack up those raffle tickets. There’s a fabulous goodie basket at stake! Feel free to post how many you did and even give one or two examples.
Okay friends, set your timers and start plotting!
And for our illustrators (better late than never, right?)…
ILLUSTRATOR CHALLENGE #4 : CHARACTERS
Draw two distinctly different characters, showing at least one of them being surprised.