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Story includes plot but is a composition that reveals plot in an order that creates the effects that develop meaning

Story includes plot but is a composition that reveals plot in an order that creates the effects that develop meaning

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    • Story and Plot A presentation by Joan Vinall-Cox, Ph.D.
    • Story Telling Story includes plot Story is more than simply plot Story is the revealing of plot (and character) in the order that creates the effects that make meaning
    • First, what is a Story ? • The difference between a story and a chronicle – is cause and effect • A chronicle is a list of events • A story has a plot – a pattern of cause & effect • A story reveals the meaning of the events
    • A Chronicle The wife died. Then the husband died.
    • A Story (with a plot) The wife died Then the husband died of grief! Two actions united by answering the question Why?
    • What is a Plot? • A plot is a blueprint of human behavior • A plot is made up of patterns of feelings and actions • A plot makes connections • A plot highlights the meaningful events
    • All stories have plots • With a story, the audience wants to know the causes – • • • • why? who? what? and maybe when?
    • Plots and Stories • A story is more than a plot • A plot is a map of events • A story is the revealing of events – To have an effect on the audience – To create meaning • A story must have a plot, but it isn’t just the plot
    • Stories & Riddles • Essentially stories are riddles – mysteries – a game played between audience & writer – with clues –
    • Building a Story on a Plot • The storyteller has to capture the audience • First – what is the story about – Every detail in the story must point to the central theme • Second – the structure is planned, the story’s rising action and climax are built, composed – A chronological order isn’t necessary and can even be counter-productive
    • How to Tell a Story • Tease, entice, set-up the audience – Give a clue, a mystery, a hint to grab their attention and begin the story – Make the clue a pointer toward the central point or theme of your story • The clue, mystery or hint must be “paid off” at the end of the story • The end connects to the beginning, and the beginning to the ending
    • Story Structures • Story vs. Chronicle – Meaning = perception of a pattern of human behavior • Storytellers playing a game with audience – plot and telling • Structure more than just plot – Designing order of revealing meaning to audience – The beginning and the ending are tied together