Wonderful Words: On Plot and Story

Plots, Aristotle told us, have beginnings, middles and ends, and they proceed through a series of reversals and recognitions, a reversal being a shift in a situation to its opposite, and a recognition being a change from ignorance to awareness. The basic plot of every story…is: A central character wants something intensely, goes after it despite opposition and, as a result of a struggle, comes to either win or lose.

~John Dufresne, “How to Let Plot Guide Your Short Story”, Writers Digest.com, 6/7/11

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