Ok, well today, you do get a picture of last nights cake!
Tonight, the discussion centered around what the difference is between story and plot. The simplest way to show the difference is by using the example given by Nigel Watts in his excellent book Write A Novel where he says:
The King died and then the Queen died. Is a story.
The King died and then the Queen died of grief. Is a plot.
Causality distinguishes story from plot. Does that make sense?
In it’s basic terms it boils down to:
Its basically the choices, that lead to consequences, which then becomes the plot.
We talked about Christopher Bookers 7 Basic Plots and why they work.
Then talked about plot bombs and how to keep the plot moving.
A very interesting session where my critique of last week was used as an example, as what we shouldn’t be doing, i.e. throwing everything at our reader in the first 5,000 words…whoops! *snigger* 🙂
So do you agree? Are there only 7 Basic plots or would you say there are more? And if you have another theory on the definition of a plot, I’d love to hear it 🙂