Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wish Fulfillment

It's Writing Wednesday.
The last basic plot type is the story of Wish Fulfillment. The main character has something she wants but cannot achieve. Events occur, but the character isn't working directly towards this goal. She doesn't succeed through her own efforts (like in Purpose Achieved) but rather she gets her wish (or something equally good) because of who she is. The classic fairy tale example is Cinderella. She wants to escape her miserable situation. Because she is so good, she is helped by her fairy godmother, goes to the ball, and eventually gets the prince. For other examples, check out Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Corduroy, and the simple, but wonderful, Owl Babies. Try doing a little plotting in your head. What might your good hearted character wish for but not be able to get without help?

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