Today's instructions were to write a story with a MacGuffin trap. This was difficult, because I haven't read many plot-driven stories. Most of what I'm interested in, even in movies and TV shows, is the personal snippets, not the boring plot stuff. Like in NCIS, I love at the beginning, where they're catching up with each other's weekend, and joking around, and also at the end, where we get a glimpse into their personal lives. Some of the plots are difficult to follow, but I don't really care because, well, I don't care about the plot!
So here's a story where the goal could be anything, and it wouldn't really change the story much. If you go to the website, and read the story right above mine (mine's the last one at the very bottom, and then read the one by KellyDaniel), I think she hit the MacGuffin nail on the head. My husband would disagree, but he's biased. :-)
This is written in the comments section of "How to Avoid the MacGuffin Trap and Create a Unique Plot."
written on Feb. 26, 2013