Using a Plot Pattern. Start by having a fully developed plot idea.
Using a Plot Pattern
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Ryan and Corey are both trying out for the Canadian National Hockey team. Corey is very talented, but Ryan is not very coordinated. Ryan asks Corey to help him practice for tryouts but Corey doesn’t want to waste his time working with Ryan. He is also worried that if Ryan improves it will hurt his chances of making the team.
Next, select a plot pattern to map out your story
Plot Pattern 1:
The main character wants something. He/she sets out to get it, encountering obstacles along the way. He/she overcomes the obstacles and gets what he/she wants.
Use your plot pattern to fill out the rest of your story
Ryan always shows up at Corey’s locker to beg him for help. The coaches also ask Corey to help Ryan. Corey’s best friend tells him not to waste time with Ryan, but Corey decides to work with Ryan anyway. In the end, both Corey and Ryan make the hockey team.
Try the same thing, but with a different plot pattern
Plot Pattern 2:
The main character wants something. He/she tries to overcome all the obstacles, but he/she can’t get what he/she wants. In the end, he/she doesn’t care because he/she has gained something better.
Use your plot pattern to fill out the rest of the story
Ryan always showed up at Corey’s locker to beg him for help. The coaches also ask Corey to help Ryan. Corey’s overconfident best friend tells him not to waste his time with Ryan, but Corey decides to work with Ryan anyway. Ryan and Corey stay after practices to work on extra drills, and become good friends. In the end, neither of them makes the team but they don’t care because they have become best friends.