I am currently printing this out and sticking it on my wall.
EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT PLOT IN 1,069 WORDS OR LESS
1. PROTAGONIST, ANTAGONIST – FIGHT!
Most plots hang off a pretty simple dynamic designed drive a story forward. It goes something like this: your protagonist wants something really badly; your antagonist denies your protagonist the thing they really want; delicious, awesome conflict ensues. Take Lord of the Rings as an example – Frodo wants to live a nice, ordinary life in the shire; Sauron will destroy the world if he does that; therefore there is a whole lot of walking and fighting and stuff.
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