Plot in Fiction Writing

Pulp Fiction
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Definition: Plot concerns the organization of the main events of a work of fiction. Plot differs from story in that plot is concerned with how events are related, how they are structured, and how they enact change in the major characters. Most plots will trace some process of change in which characters are caught up in a conflict that is eventually resolved. Plots may be fully integrated or "tightly knit," or episodic in nature.

Examples: In a movie such as "Pulp Fiction," the plot and the story are two very different things.

Learn how to create better plots by reviewing standard rules.

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