Think about your life so far as a narrative. Use a graphic organizer to show your understanding of the 4 elements of plot as they are at work in the short story of your life. Then, write a short story that depicts one episode in your life. Include all the elements of plot, but try to make the transitions between them fluid. Clever writers often play with the sequencing of the events in their plots in order to create certain effects like suspense and complexity. If you listen to people telling stories orally, they rarely move from event to event in a purely chronological fashion. Rather, they use plot devices like foreshadowing, flashback, ab ovo narrative, circular narrative, and en medias res narrative to enhance their storytelling powers.