SfC Home > Writing > Fiction Writing >

 

Explanation of a Simple Plot and Random Story Generator - Succeed in Fiction Writing. Key words: protagonist, antagonist, hero, heroine, villain, description, location, activity, conflict, success, Ron Kurtus, School for Champions. Copyright © Restrictions

Simple Plot and Random Story Generator

by Ron Kurtus (revised 2 March 2012)

Fictional stories usually have a distinct plot or general summary of what happens in the story. A given plot structure can result in a number of different stories, depending on the specific characters, locations and activities.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.



Simple plot

In a typical plot, there is the protagonist—the hero or heroine of the story—and the antagonist or villain. There is also often a bystander or victim of the villain.

Consider the following very simple plot:

  1. A person sees a villain do something bad to an innocent bystander. This is a problem, dilemma or conflict for the person.
  2. He or she tries to stop the villain, but the villain seems to escape. This is a point of tension, because of the possibility of failure.
  3. The protagonist then makes a valiant effort and catches the villain.
  4. The victim is grateful and rewards the protagonist.

By changing names, descriptions and actions, you can write a variety of stories for this simple plot.

Story examples

The following story is randomly generated to illustrate this point. In some respects the generated story is a little silly, but it should get the point across.

Click the button to see a variety of story possibilities.


Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials

Websites

Fiction Resources

Books

Top-rated books on Fiction Writing

Top-rated books on Writing


Questions and comments

Do you have any questions, comments, or opinions on this subject? If so, send an email with your feedback. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.


Share

Click on a button to bookmark or share this page through Twitter, Facebook, email, or other services:

 

Students and researchers

The Web address of this page is:
www.school-for-champions.com/fiction/random_story.htm

Please include it as a link on your website or as a reference in your report, document, or thesis.


Where are you now?

School for Champions

Writing

Fiction topics

Simple Plot and Random Story Generator



Fiction topics

Getting started

Knowing your craft

Writing your story

Selling fiction

Sample short stories

Also see






Live Your Life as a Champion:

Take care of your health

Seek knowledge and gain skills

Do excellent work

Be valuable to others

Have utmost character

Be a Champion!



The School for Champions helps you become the type of person who can be called a Champion.