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     challenging words:    character-driven, climactic, climax, event-driven, faith-doubting, human-caused, protagonist, return-he, antagonist, revelation, catalyst, unanswered, plot, internal, resolution, finding


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Plot
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Plot is the series of events that happen in a story that create conflict. Plot is the result of choices made by the characters. The characters of a story take action (or don't) and events happen as a result of the action or inaction. The search for a murderer is a plot. Surviving a fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural disaster is a plot. The plot is sometimes called the spine of the story. The plot is the action, while the story is the emotions associated with the action.
 
2     A good story is like a tasty soup. It follows a recipe using a handful of ingredients that all blend together. A plot has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The beginning is short, introducing the characters and the plot. Every story is about a character with a problem. Characters who are happy, content, and have achieved their goals are not very interesting characters to read about. The people we love to read about are in trouble.
 
3     The middle is full of plot twists, events, and their consequences. The middle ends with a climactic showdown- the climax of the story. There is a resolution. Usually the resolution is more about the internal growth of a character. It may be a battle between the protagonist (the main character) and the antagonist (the "villain"), but the battle forces the protagonist to prove that he or she has overcome his/her personal weaknesses. The resolution is as much about this internal growth of a character as it is about the external victory over the antagonist.
 
4     The end of a story is like a new beginning after the action is over. In the last page or two, there is a hint of the future for the characters. This lets readers imagine what they would like to happen to these characters. A good writer leaves a question or two unanswered without undoing the story. The ending happens quickly. This leaves the reader exhilarated, like riding a roller coaster with a steep drop. The story may end "happily ever after," but a good story will leave the reader thinking about different possibilities for these characters' future.

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