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Superhero! Writing Prompt Part 2

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

Yup. That's a pretty good encapsulation of writing. (Image from flickr, via The Commons)

Yup. That's a pretty good encapsulation of writing. (Image from flickr, via The Commons)

See part 1 here.

Welcome back! Now that we have the characters for you story set, they need something to do. One of the best ways to help yourself think through a story is with a graphic organizer. Yes, it's a very school-y thing to use. It's also a fantastic resource and space to let yourself work through the pieces of a story. One of the best ones we've found is here. Let's take a quick walk through it and then we'll leave you to create your story.

Right in the middle of the page you have the main component of the story: your protagonist (superhero) against your antagonist (super villian/crisis/etc). That CONFLICT is the drive behind your story will be represented on the first line on the left side of your plot pyramid. The complications that arise from that conflict are the lines going up the pyramid: RISING ACTION. Where that conflict comes to a head is the top of the pyramid at THE CLIMAX! That should be your most exciting moment in the story because that's what the story has built to.

After the climax, however, you're not done writing. There is going to be fallout from the climax. How does the climax affect both the protagonist and the antagonist? Is one of them vanquished? Is there a change of heart? Will they both slink off to fight another day because they are so evenly matched? These are the questions that should get answered down the right side of the pyramid: FALLING ACTION. Where the story ends is the where the reader ends up: the RESOLUTION.

The other boxes on the graphic organizer are there for you to use or not. The exposition is likely something that you mapped out using the first part in your assemblage of your characters. And theme? Well, the thing about a theme is that it's really hard to assign one to your story before you begin. Don't worry about that one. And when you've finished writing/revising your story and are ready to share it, ask someone you trust what he or she thinks the theme is. It will often be something different than you would have said.

We hope that this will be helpful going forward with your writing. And hey, don't just use it for superhero stories. It'll be a resource for any story you decide to write in the future. And hopefully, you'll share them with us. We wish you good writing! Have fun!