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101: Characters, Plots, and Conflicts

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J. Austin Floyd

on 19 November 2014

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Transcript of 101: Characters, Plots, and Conflicts

Plots. Conflicts. Stories.
The plot isn't just what happens.

If it was, stories would sound ridiculous and/or
incredibly boring.
"It's not what you said. It's how you said it."
Plot is how and why the story unfolds, how and why the characters interact, and how and why the characters influence one another, the events, and how the events affect them.
Exposition
Conflict
Setting the scene:
What do we need to know?
Remember that your reader knows
nothing about you.
The struggle between the protagonist(s) (you)
and antagonist(s) (the "enemy")
Rising Tension - this gives us the momentum to move up the arc
Crisis
Climax
The peak in the story's action
Resolution/Denouement
Tension relieved, conflict comes to an end.
This is kind of the Scooby Doo moment, but remember that real life isn't quite like that.
The Dramatic Arc
External
Character vs. Character


Character vs. Nature


Character vs. Society

Character vs. Technology
Internal
Character vs. Self
Character vs...
Supernatural
Fate

This is where most (if not all) of the conflicts in the narrative intersect, usually as a result of the main conflict reaching its most intense point
We don't see these in 101, a course that is strictly non-fiction (truth)
The next essay for this class is a Narrative.
Basically, you tell me a story about something that has happened to you.
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