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And Then—Turning a Story into a Plot

Lecture no. 9 from the course: Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

And Then—Turning a Story into a Plot

Taught by Professor James Hynes | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Characters breathe life into your story, but without plot, even the most engaging character can fall flat. This lecture opens a six-lecture unit on plotting, a critical skill for any writer who wants to keep the reader turning pages. Professor Hynes begins the unit by breaking down story and plot into a few fundamental components.


August 26, 2015
I love that Prof. Hynes uses so many examples from literature to demonstrate his points. I took a similar course at a university, but was bored to tears by the lecturer's monotone delivery and improvised examples. Prof. Hynes' inflection is much more conducive to learning. I'm thoroughly enjoying this course.