Project #83862 - Two page short story

Directions:

In this assignment, you will be writing a short story, featuring a character with a conflict—the protagonist must start out in media res (in the middle of a life-changing conflict). You might want to think about it as if you opened a door and saw a character saying or doing something that illustrates a personal challenge.

Some typical themes you might want to consider:

 Coming-of-age realization about a person/place/or thing [a person appears at a class reunion or shows up for the first day on a job]
 Person-in-jeopardy plot where a person is “dropped” into a dangerous situation [think CSI]
 Family gathering plot [always a setting for some type of stress]
 Personal challenge plot [a person receives “bad news”]

Think “House on Mango Street”: the character is humiliated by her teacher because of her house; the character is revealed through this story.

Remember to “frame” the character with a setting and start with a “catchy” opening paragraph.
In order to develop a living, breathing, multi-faceted character, it is important to know way more about the character than you will ever use in the story. Here is a partial list of character details to help you get started.
• Name
• Age
• Job
• Ethnicity
• Appearance
• Residence • Pets
• Religion
• Hobbies
• Single or married?
• Children?
• Temperament
Imagining all these details will help you get to know your character, but your reader probably won’t need to know much more than the most important things in four areas:
• Appearance. Gives your reader a visual understanding of the character.
• Action. Show the reader what kind of person your character is, by describing actions rather than simply listing adjectives.
• Speech. Develop the character as a person — don’t merely have your character announce important plot details.
• Thought. Bring the reader into your character’s mind, to show them your character’s unexpressed memories, fears, and hopes.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/28/2015 11:30 pm
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