The Difference Between Story and Plot

Chris Eder notes that story and plot are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing.

Literary scholar Humphry House distinguishes the two in this way, according to Chris: “For House, story is all of the events the reader needs to make sense of the plot. Plot, on the other hand, is what the writer chooses to display.”

Chris uses a Harry Potter book as an example. Read the post here.

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction, fantasy, and paranormal, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning disorders and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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5 Responses to The Difference Between Story and Plot

  1. The snowflakes on your blog are super fun! 🙂

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  2. You always bring such great content to us, Eva! Love the snowflakes, too!

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