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Story versus Plot—Stephen King

“There is a huge difference between story and plot. Story is honorable and trustworthy; plot is shifty, and best kept under house arrest.”
– Stephen King

OnWritingCover I have never read a Stephen King novel, although his book, On Writing, is one of my favorites. I wrote a mini-review at Motivation on the Run last December. Yesterday, Deborah sent me this Stephen King quote, and it reminds me again of how smart King is about writing.

Marketers like Drew McLellan and Seth Godin remind us of the importance of telling a story and how it is the secret sauce for success.

Stories engage, they encourage, they inspire …

Plot is a way to deceive, as in, to plot against, so we should stay away from plot. It is evil, mean and nasty.

Thanks for the reminder Stephen—it is appreciated. Now I can get back to the basics of telling a story.

“It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly a shot rang out …

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2 thoughts on “Story versus Plot—Stephen King

  1. C. S. Forester, author of the novel The African Queen (upon which the movie is based) differentiates between story and plot by saying that the incidents that comprise the latter, unlike those that make up the former, are linked by cause and effect.

  2. Thanks for that addition, Gee. I think I see the difference in what Forester is saying. As always, it comes down to semantics and word definitions. I agree with Forester, but also see the humor in the Stephen King quote.

    Good stuff …

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