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Story Includes Plot

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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 Includes Plot

  1. 1. Story and Plot A presentation by Joan Vinall-Cox, Ph.D.
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. A Chronicle The wife died. Then the husband died.
  5. 5. A Story (with a plot) The wife died Then the husband died of grief! Two actions united by answering the question Why?
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. All stories have plots • With a story, the audience wants to know the causes – • • • • why? who? what? and maybe when?
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Stories & Riddles • Essentially stories are riddles – mysteries – a game played between audience & writer – with clues –
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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

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