Story vs Plot. It’s a very important distinction to make and I found a nice definition of the two while browsing the net.
A story is a series of events recorded in their chronological order.
A plot is a series of events deliberately arranged so as to reveal their dramatic, thematic, and emotional significance.
Now this is a very clinical way of looking at it, though very accurate. Writers are emotional creatures in general so I just have to put it in my own words.
In my simpler mind I see story as the tale being told and the plot as the important things that happen within the story. On the surface it sounds relatively easy but the tricky and fun part is making your plot, and so your story, interesting and unique enough to stand the test of time. Making the two work together and complement each other is where you’ll have to get things right.
Since this was a pretty pathetic post from me, I'll write up a better one later (maybe). I'll add some images that will help if you struggle with structure, something we should really do a proper post on later.
When I write my novels, the three act structure above is a good way to compare my way of doing things. I just call mine the beginning, middle and end, like the image below. This is exactly how I write. I need something to happen all the time, it keeps things interesting for me and especially the reader.
To read about the above in detail, you can go hear: Conflict and Character within Story Structure.
Okay. I think the images made this post a little more worthy of being read. Hopefully.
I'd like to hear what kind of structures everybody else employs.
Here are the posts Dave and Lood wrote about the subject: Writers in the Thick of Things. Just scroll down a little.
Have a good Sunday.