EXERCISE Chekhov's Gun Challenge: The Oak Walking-stick

Discussion in 'REFINING WRITING' started by - Falcon -, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. Chekhov's Gun Challenge, Cyan
    Chekhov's Gun is a writing trope used to mean that a seemingly insignificant object has turned out to be important to the plot. For example, the ring Frodo found in Gollum's cave in "The Hobbit" turned out to be the One Ring in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

    Any little thing can help you further your plot.

    To Participate: I will give you an insignificant object and the setting in which it is first seen. Then you post a way in which that object could be used to further the plot.

    example (open)

    Item and Setting Given: A stick brought back by the dog.

    Way in which it can be used:
    First mention of object - Peter's dog is always bringing back sticks. Peter has a habit of letting them collect by his front poach.

    The object becomes important when - One day while running from a band of trolls, Peter and his friends try to take refuge behind his house. Looking for something to throw at the trolls to distract them, one of the characters picks up the stick Peter's dog brought back earlier and . . . ZAP! that stick was actually the missing magic wand belonging to the Good Fairy. Now the trolls are all made of stone and if they can get the fairy back her wand maybe she can help them find the lost prince and save the day!


    The Item and Setting:
    The Oak Walking-stick, found abandoned in the woods.

     
  2. The party is walking through the forest running away from the king's men. One of the characters while running picks up the stick, while the other characters berate the man for picking up something so useless during a flight.

    As they continue to run, they manage to cross a river, throwing off the kings men for a few precious moments.

    The party discusses what they can do to stay free, all seems lost.

    The king's men eventually find food prints on the other side of the river, and dismount to charge them. As they do, one sees a part of a robe flutter behind a tree in the distance, and yells at everyone that he's found them. He ran at the fugitive, and slashed at it with his sword, only to feel his sword get stuck. After wrestling for a minute with the fugitive, he finally puled out the sword only to find he'd been tricked.... it was merely a robe atop an old oak walking stick fastened to the ground.
    He cursed as he realized the fugitives had gotten away.
     
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