Plot and Subplot
A plot in a story is quite simply, the things that happen in it. The plot is the main storyline. Sub-plots are secondary storylines that are separate from the main plot but happen within the same story. They can often interact with the main plot and can support and flesh-out the main story.
Plot is simply something that happens to your characters. How they react to this is what makes the story readable.
The most important thing about a story or novel are the characters. What they do is the plot. There may not be much going on in the story but people will read it if they care about the characters. People must want to know what happens next. Let’s take the movie/novel “Stand By Me” by Stephen King as an example. The story is a coming of age story about a group of kids who go off to find a body. The body is not important. They could have been going to the corner shop for all it matters. What is important, is what they discover about themselves and each other while they are on their way to find the body. You could have a car accident, or a murder, but don’t make it the central driving force behind the story. Use a car accident (or whatever) as a tool to provide a background of events to keep the reader’s interest while the characters develop.
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