My Suspense Story: Outline of Plot Your name _____________ Suspense Plot Elements Your examples Exposition (introduction (Begins story by introducing Decide how your story will begin. Introduce setting and characters. Can be: place, time and characters: (don’t forget 1) long - slowly gets more FORESHADOWING) exciting, or 2) begins with an exciting start and then goes back to introduction material ) Example: Craven Island was said by the old ones to be haunted but I didn’t believe that. This was 2007, and I was a scientist with a degree from Modern University; I did not believe in ghosts. Rising action: (After intro., the suspense rises with a first small problem) Example: The second night a small ship passed by the island. It turned back several times, as if looking at my campsite. Hard as I could try, I could not see anyone on the ship. Plot: List your plot actions here. Don’t forget to (Problems rise and fall, build in pauses (falling action) increasing in intensity) Example: 1) Ship disappears 2) Noises like footprints near the tent 3) Pet dog disappears 4) Cold chilly fog makes it very hard to see 5) … Twists: (Make sure to plan surprises into your story) Example: The dog was returned by a ghostly girl, who warned me to leave the island, because the others were coming. The camera began having pictures on it that I had never taken. Climax: (How will the problem become most intense?) Example: I knew now that ghosts existed and I should escape immediately. But I was a scientist; I had to stay and film them, to prove to the world that ghost exists. That night they came – but more – many more – than I had wanted. Resolution: (How will the problem be solved? What happens after this last event? Should you do a surprise ending?) Example: I woke up in my boat far out at sea. I had no idea what had happened to me on the evil island. My dog was gone. As I floated under a starlit sky, I watched the last pictures on my camera- pictures I had not taken. I saw a girl’s ghostly hand pushing my boat out to see – The last picture showed the ghost girl staring out to see at my boat – holding a ghost dog that looked exactly like mine.