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    Might as well give my opinion on this one too...

    One, a story is just the relating of events that occur to one or more characters over a period of time.

    Those characters can be anything... A person, animal, object, or even a place.

    Two, the plot is what happens to those characters, with the plot points being sub-events that occur along the way to the end of the story.


    Here's a rather short and silly example; the old nursery rhyme, Little Miss Muffet.

    The story is about a girl and a spider, and what happens when they meet.

    The first plot point is Miss Muffet sitting there eating. The next is a spider showing up. There's a conflict brought on by the fact that Muffet is apparently arachnophobic. The resolution is her deciding to leave and go eat somewhere else. The end.

    Now, what plot points can be changed and keep the story the same?

    Let's see, let's try this... Muffet is sitting there eating, and here comes the spider. But this time, she isn't afraid of it, just doesn't like it. So she reaches down, takes off her shoe, and hammers the spider flat with it, and finishes eating. The End.

    What have we got now? A girl eating? Check. A spider coming along and causing a conflict? Check. Conflict being resolved? Check.

    So... Same story, technically, with a plot consisting of two subjects, one conflict, one resolution. But a slightly different outcome due to changing a couple of plot points. The path through the story not really being changed that much over all though.

    Anyway, that's my thoughts on story and plot. Hope it made sense.



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    Let's look at the definitions.

    plot /plt/

    noun
    1. a plan made in secret by a group of people to do something illegal or harmful.
    2. the main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence.
    3. a small piece of ground marked out for a purpose such as building or gardening.
    4. a graph showing the relation between two variables.

    verb
    1. secretly make plans to carry out (an illegal or harmful action).
    2. devise the sequence of events in (a play, novel, movie, or similar work).
    3. mark (a route or position) on a chart.
    For this discussion, number 2 of the noun is what we're talking about, so the main events.

    story 1 /strē/

    noun
    1. an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.
    2. an account of past events in someone's life or in the evolution of something.

    story 2 /strē/

    noun
    a part of a building comprising all the rooms that are on the same level.
    For this discussion, story 1 is what's relevant, so an account of events that happens to either real or imaginary people or characters.

    Plot : the main events.
    Story : an account of events.

    What it seems to me is, the plot is what is told, while the story is how it is told.

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    Plot is the overarching construction of the book, the story is how it is carried out...
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    For me personally, I think the plot is just a series of events for example: Jack wants to get a magical stone and we read the events of him trying to obtain said stone.
    The story is everything around the events of Jack obtaining the stone. His struggle, his relationship with the stone, those who help him, the conflict with his enemies and the overall themes. Plot is the bones an and your story is the body and the soul.

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