What Happens Next?: Plotting your story

Here is a writing exercise for developing plot. I often get stuck wondering,” What happens next?” This prompt can guide prevent that question from stalling your work. Chances are, you’ve done this before, but not with writing in mind.

The Invitation

Imagine that you are planning an event. It can be for someone you know or for yourself. You pick the details. Now, create an invitation to your party. Answer the following questions:

Who?

What?

When?

Where?

Why?

What should attendees bring?

With these questions answered, you have a plot to a story. You can now let the event unfold.

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Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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