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Basic plots that will give you great stories

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Basic plots that will give you great stories by Divepen1(: 4:22 pm On Feb 03, 2016

There are 6 basic plots for most of all fiction that
have been used by all writers and may be used
by beginning writers without fear of plagiarism.
These may be used alone or in combination and
form the basis of nearly all story conflicts, for
books, plays, movies, television programs, etc.
Lost and Found – Person or object is lost and
recovered Ex.: Lost or Home Alone
Character vs. Nature – Character survives a
natural calamity Ex.: Jaws or Volcano
Character with a personal problem or goal –
character solves it. reaches goal or changes
attitude or feelings.
Good Guys vs. Bad Guys – good guys usually
win Ex.: The Three Little Pigs or most westerns
Crime and Punishment or Mystery and Solution –
Character solves a mystery or crime and the
culprit is caught or punished Ex.: Matlock or
Murder She Wrote
Boy meets Girl – Problems or misunderstandings
arise; Characters resolve differences or clear up
misunderstandings Ex.: Romeo and Juliet or
Snow White or Cinderella
Exercise 4
Plot 6 stories. One story from each of the six
basic rule.

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