Okay, spooky ones. I’ve noticed when some writers, even those who teach writing, speak about plot or story, they tend to use these terms interchangeably. However, I’m here to tell you something important:
Story and plot are not the same!
“So then, creepy one,” you ask, “what’s the difference?” Here it is, bats and ghouls:
Story: What your characters want, and what gets in their way. What gets in their way and creates the conflict can be an internal or external force, typically both that dovetail at some point.
Plot: What happens in the story. Read more “Writing: Plot vs. Story”