Plot (definition) Plot is the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story. Every plot is made up of a series of incidents that are related to one another.
1. Exposition This usually occurs at the beginning of a short story. Here the characters are introduced. We also learn about the setting of the story. Most importantly, we are introduced to the main conflict (main problem).
2. Inciting Incident The Inciting Incident also occurs at the beginning of the story. This scene sets the plot in motion and is usually tied in with the conflict (main problem) of the story.
3. Rising Action This part of the story is a series of events, connected to the conflict. These events build suspense and interest in the story.
4. Climax This is the turning point of the story. This part of the story answers the “BIG QUESTION.” Usually the main character comes face to face with the main conflict, which causes him/her to change or grow in some way.
5. Falling Action All loose ends of the plot are coming together. The climax has passed, and the end of the story is approaching.
6. Resolution The story comes to a reasonable ending. Another name for this part is Denouement, which is French and means, “the final part of a narrative, in which the parts of the plot are drawn together and matters are resolved.”
Subplot A subplot is a plot of lesser importance within the story. It is a secondary plot, which serves to broaden the reader’s understanding of the main plot.
Putting It All Together 1.Exposition 2.Inciting Incident 3. Rising Action 4. Climax 5. Falling Action 6. Resolution Beginning of Story Middle (or near the end) of Story End of Story
Let’s Review What is the exposition? What is the inciting incident? What is the rising action? What is the climax? What is the falling action? What is the resolution? What is a subplot?