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The things one does when
It's raining at Wimbledon.

One takes on yet another challenge.

This one is 36_plots and it looks really intriguing and somewhat different. It is based on The 36 Basic Plots by Georges Polti. The theory is that all fictional writing is based on one of these core 36 basic plot lines.

I wasn't going to sign up because it was a post once every three months or apply for an extension (which would be granted)/lose your claim. But then the Mod changed it to a purge of claims once a year. I also thought it would be the ideal opportunity to write some case related/heavily plotted stories, of which I've (surprisingly) written very few for Gibbs/Ducky.
So . . .


01. Supplication. 02. Deliverance. 03. Revenge. 04. Vengeance By Family
Upon Family
05. Pursuit. 06.Victim Of Cruelty
Or Misfortune.
07. Disaster. 08. Revolt.
10. Abduction. 11.Enigma. 12. Obtaining.
13. Family Hatred. 14. Family Rivalry. 15. Murderous
16. Madness.
17. Fatal Imprudence. 18. Involuntary Crimes
Of Love.
19. Kinsman Kills
Unrecognized Kinsman
20. Self Sacrifice
For An Ideal.
21. Self Sacrifice
For Kindred
22. All Sacrificed
For Passion
23.Sacrifice Of
Loved Ones
24. Rivalry Between Superior
And Inferior.
25. Adultery. 26. Crimes Of Love. 27.Discovery Of Dishonor Of
A Loved One.
28. Obstacles Of Love.
29. Enemy Of Love 30. Ambition. 31. Conflict With
32.Mistaken Jealousy
33. Faulty Judgement. 34.Remorse. 35. Recovery Of
A Lost One.
36. Loss Of Loved Ones

36/36 - Completed 25th May 2011

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doylebaby From: doylebaby Date: 30th June 2007 12:08 (UTC) (Link)
*giggles* Wimbledon is responsible for a lot isn't it? I think this is quite a challenge, there are some prompts that require a lot of thought. If it wasn't for the business NCIS is in, it would be really difficult to match the prompt to a story.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th June 2007 12:23 (UTC) (Link)
It certainly is :-)

I thought it would be something extra for a challenge, and I would like to write some more case plots for G/D. So we'll see . . .
doylebaby From: doylebaby Date: 30th June 2007 12:39 (UTC) (Link)
lj is better with the notifications now. Did you get my reply to your offer for a ficlet/drabble yesterday?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st July 2007 13:07 (UTC) (Link)
I'm getting comments okay, but notifications when people post are really slow still :-(

I did, darling. Yes, will reply in due course. Bit hectic at the moment, we're 'moving' (the house around, not to a new house, I hasten to add). Hee.
doylebaby From: doylebaby Date: 1st July 2007 13:42 (UTC) (Link)
I was just about to read about the 'move around the house' post. ;)

There's no hurry at all my dear, all in good time!

I will email you soon, dearest, my time seems to fly away all by itself!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st July 2007 15:04 (UTC) (Link)

Thank you. I have a vague idea, so I'm just trying to grab it and make it less vague :-)

No worries, sweetheart. I know what life is like for you. And one of the beauties of LJ is that we know one another is alive.
From: writeslikeyoda Date: 30th June 2007 12:27 (UTC) (Link)
More Gibbs and Ducky!! *bounce*

*eyes prompts* Hmmm yeah those are some serious novelistic type prompts right there...

I can't wait to see what EB6 is encouraging you into with these.

*eyes EB and tugs evil bunny away from the challenge chart*

I have a huge Gladiator based bunny that might fit here amongst these ideas...

nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th June 2007 12:40 (UTC) (Link)
*Hugs you for bouncing* Thank you, I'm so glad you're pleased by it.

This one, I feel, is going to be quite a long project, with some meaty stories (at least that's the idea).

I think he'll be in his element.

*Beams* I confess when I saw them you were one of the first people who came into my mind who just might well join in the insanity :-)

*Sends pillow your way so that you don't hurt your head*
From: writeslikeyoda Date: 30th June 2007 13:41 (UTC) (Link)
Meaty fics? Ohhh that sounds GREAT!!! *grins* Can't wait. *feeds Six*

Thanks for the pillow...alway useful I assure you.

Hmm glad I sprung to mind...maybe...?


I'm going to check out the comm and then see how this Roman Bunny develops. If it fits, then that's where it will be going...

*glares at Two*
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 30th June 2007 13:50 (UTC) (Link)
Ooo plotty G/D, sounds good to me.

I am sure you'll have this done in no time. Well a certain rabbit notwithstanding I would guess...
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th June 2007 13:52 (UTC) (Link)
*Beams* TYK.

I *think* this is partly what a certain rabbit was up to, actually.

I'm not sure about the 'no time'; my aim for is longer, more meaty stories (assuming a certain rabbit concurs, of course).
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 30th June 2007 14:02 (UTC) (Link)
Ah well you did say held gonea bit too quiet...now we know then.

Well you seem to be bale to do those meaty stories quicker than I do ;-) They will be good I am sure. And I hope EB6 behaves himself.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st July 2007 13:10 (UTC) (Link)
We do indeed *sigh*

Thank you. Let us hope that I can do that and that EB6 does as he is meant to do.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 1st July 2007 19:53 (UTC) (Link)

I ma sure you can and that EB6 can too.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd July 2007 10:47 (UTC) (Link)
We thank you for our faith in us.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 2nd July 2007 11:13 (UTC) (Link)
You are both very welcome.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd July 2007 11:22 (UTC) (Link)

I swear Lacey thinks she's a cat, she just hopped from my lap (it's very difficult to type with a dog on your lap, but I'm keeping her out of J's way) onto my desk and sat there :-)
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 2nd July 2007 11:25 (UTC) (Link)
That is exactly what Pilchard does. Perhaps they've had a quiet word with each other whilst we weren't looking?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd July 2007 13:17 (UTC) (Link)
Hee. At least Pilchard is a cat ;-)

But yes, methinks perhaps they did.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 2nd July 2007 13:19 (UTC) (Link)
True and like all cats she rules the roost.

And ye I think so. I did nip away from the computer this morning and Pilchard was sitting on the desk so...she had time.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd July 2007 14:37 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yes. You own a dog, a cat owns you.

Ah, that was when it happenend was it? Hmmm.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 2nd July 2007 17:17 (UTC) (Link)
They do, they really do.

Yes I think so.
starwatcher307 From: starwatcher307 Date: 30th June 2007 15:09 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I've heard about 36 basic plots -- or 6, or 9, or 12 -- but never knew what they were. Thanks for the info. ::saves it carefully:::

But... ::eyes the list thoughtfully:: most of them don't look like pleasant stories, do they? Most of my Jim-and-Blair stories don't seem to fit. So there's still something missing...
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st July 2007 13:14 (UTC) (Link)
I actually hadn't heard of the 36 one; I'd heard of far fewer. You're welcome; fandom can be a very educational place.

Not pleasant if you use the prompts in the personal relationship sense. But one reason for doing it is because I wanted to write some more case related stories, so hopefully I can do the 'less pleasant' bit for that, and still have some love too.

I think that, unless a person really was heavily into angst and non-happy endings, it would be less easy to do these for a pair that didn't have some connection with law enforcement.
starwatcher307 From: starwatcher307 Date: 1st July 2007 15:21 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, yes -- the adultery or conflict with god or whatever could be the case they're working on; thanks that helps a lot. And in The Sentinel, Jim is a detective, so that would work. But I don't do case stories -- at least, not yet. Most of my stuff is interpersonal, slice of life stuff, so I'm wondering why there isn't some mention of those type themes on the list. When I look over my stories, some of them could be considered to fit some of the prompts (if you really stretch the meaning), but many of them can't. Does that mean they're not stories? <g> I think my readers would disagree. Is a puzzlement.

Fandom can be a very educational place.

Yes it certainly can -- and very useful for avoiding one's waiting work. ;-)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st July 2007 16:23 (UTC) (Link)
*Nods* You're welcome.

Most stuff I write/have written is more interpersonal, hence the idea to write more case stuff, as for me I doubt if I could write a non-case story for the vast majority of these.

Your stories are all stories *g* And if it's any comfort the vast amount of my 350+ wouldn't fit easily into any of these.

I hadn't come across these before, and I think they are pretty specific 'plots' that have very little bearing on the less dark side of life.

Doing some Amazoning/Googling *g* I've found some more 'basic plot' books.

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker

Overcoming The Monster
Rags To Riches
The Quest
Voyage And Return

The Seven Basic Plots by John Leary

1. Man v (Wo)man
2. Man v Nature
3. Man v Environment
4. Man v Machine
5. Man v The Supernatural
6. Man v Self
7. Man v God

20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias

1. Quest
2. Adventure
3. Pursuit
4. Rescue
5. Escape
6. Revenge
7. The Riddle
8. Rivalry
9. Underdog
10. Temptation
11. Metamorphosis
12. Transformation
13. Maturation
14. Love
15. Forbidden Love
16. Sacrifice
17. Discovery
18. Wretched Excess
19 & 20. Ascension and Descension

And if you have a look here, you can go from one to 69!

And I love what they say about three: Three. From The Basic Patterns of Plot by William Foster-Harris (1959). Not one to be distracted by unnecessary detail, F-H divines three basic plots: (1) happy ending, (2) unhappy ending, and (3) the "literary" plot, "in which the whole plot is done backwards [and] the story winds up in futility and unhappiness."

And that's only on page 1 of Google! Now most of these are more 'fitting' for non-'case' stories, methinks.
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nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st July 2007 13:15 (UTC) (Link)
That's what I thought. They certainly looked different.

Thank you.
lucifers_toy From: lucifers_toy Date: 1st July 2007 01:57 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, hey, that looks really awesome! Good luck!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st July 2007 13:15 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much.
kalliekat From: kalliekat Date: 1st July 2007 04:53 (UTC) (Link)
my first thought on reading the "plots" was *heavy* my second "if anyone can do this justice it will be Nikki" so i won't exactly wait with bated breath coz i might keel over with lack of oxygen, but i will wait patiently for some excellent reads! go girl! *hugs*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st July 2007 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the faith you have in me, Kallie. I do hope that I can live up to it. Yes, please don't wait with 'bated breath', we don't want anything to happen to you.

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