Plot Development

The second week of my Coursera creative writing class opened up today, and the topic is structure as it relates to plot.  The lesson was focused on a five act structure that is labeled as ABDCE (Action, Background, Development, Climax, Ending).  Those of you that know this already, I apologize.  I’m just laying a little background down.  So, the assignment was to write a 100-200 word short story about a trip to the doctor or dentist.  This is my entry.  It clocks in a little long (277 words), but it is based on a real experience of mine.  It feels very…basic to me.  But, I must learn to walk before I can run, right?

So, without further ado, here it is…

I noticed the curve ahead, and downshifted my motorcycle into 2nd gear to start decelerating into the sweeping turn.  It wasn’t tight as some of the other curves I had encountered on that mountain ride on that late May afternoon in 2008, but I wanted to make sure I was safe about riding through it.

I hadn’t been a motorcycle rider for long; just a few months in fact.  My wife and I took the safety class together, and after a weekend of closed course training 6 months prior, we came away with our motorcycle endorsements.  This was the first real mountain ride I had been on.

I saw the other motorcycle coming from the opposite direction, and I picked my left hand up off the handlebar to give the traditional “fellow rider” wave to him.  No sooner had I done that, than I felt the front wheel start to shimmy just a little bit.  In a panic, I grabbed the handlebar and tried to regain control, but it was too late.

The motorcycle slid out from under me, and all I really remember from the fall was slamming my foot down on the pavement to try to stabilize the motorcycle and then tumbling across the road until I came to rest on the shoulder.

The day culminated in my first and only helicopter ride to date as I was taken down the mountain to the hospital with a visit to the ER.  Fortunately, the only damage was a broken heel and an assortment of abrasions.  After a few months of recuperation, I was as good as new.  My motorcycle riding days were at an end, though.

There it is.  I welcome your comments, critiques, etc.  I know that as I get further through this series of courses, my writing will become more developed and polished.  Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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