Writing Class

In my online writing class, the teacher uses “story” to mean the emotional aspect and “plot” to refer to the physical events.

It’s useful to analyze stories with those 2 dimensions in mind, but I worry about confusion using the generic term “story” in his class. Also, the assignment of meanings are opposite to what I am used to.

I prefer the E.M. Forster’s distinction. “Story” is the events in the narrative, while “plot” is the logical and emotional relationship between the events.

Story: the king died and then the queen died.

Plot: the king died and then the queen died because of grief.


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