Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Purpose Achieved

It's Writing Wednesday.
When we introduced the four basic plots here, we said that understanding plot types can give us a handy road map when we are dreaming up our stories. We talked about the first type, the Series of Events. Today, let's think about the second plot type, the story of Purposed Achieved. In this type of story, the main character wants to achieve some goal, she works towards that goal, and she eventually succeeds in achieving that goal (or something equally appropriate.) Examples of this type of story include Swimmy, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and Knuffle Bunny. Remember what Mike Mulligan's goal was? How did he achieve it? Have you used this plot type in stories you've written? Read a few favorite picture books you may have at home, or go to the library and pick up a batch, and see if you recognize the plot type. Enjoy!

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