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The story itself. Creating a plot is creating the story, so it is extremely vital.
The Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story which affect other events through the principle of cause and effect. The causal events of a plot can be thought of as a series of sentences linked by "and so."
Plots can vary from simple structures such as in a traditional balladto complex interwoven structures sometimes referred to as an imbroglio. The term plot, can serve as a verb and refer to a character planning future actions in the story.
In the narrative sense, the term highlights the important points which have important consequences within the story, according to Ansen Dibell. The term is similar in meaning to the term storyline.
Main article: Freytag's Pyramid
A plot outline is a prose telling of a story which can be turned into a screenplay. Sometimes it is called a "one page" because of its length.
It is generally longer and more detailed than a standard synopsis, which is usually only one or two paragraphs, but shorter and less detailed than a treatment or a step outline. In comics, a pencil, often pluralized as pencils, refers to a stage in the development where the story has been broken down very loosely in a style similar to story-boarding in film development.
The pencils will be a rough sketch. The main goals of pencils are:
- to lay out the flow of panels across a page
- to ensure the story successfully builds suspense
- to work out points of view, camera angles, and character positions within panels
A plot device is a means of advancing the plot in a story. It is often used to motivate characters, create urgency, or resolve a difficulty.
This can be contrasted with moving a story forward with dramatic technique; that is, by making things happen because characters take action for well-developed reasons. An example of a plot device would be when the cavalry shows up at the last moment and saves the day in a battle.
In contrast, an adversarial character who has been struggling with himself saves the day due to a change of heart would be considered dramatic technique.
Main article: Plot Structures