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Plot vs Narrative Thread

 , updated on September 01, 2016
A plot is the primary sequence of cause and effect events that make a story.
A narrative thread is a partial view of a plot from the perspective of a character or set of characters.

Plot vs Narrative Thread

Plot refers to the main flow of a story. An event happens that triggers another event. A problem occurs that a protagonist must resolve. Such events connect to drive a story forward.
A narrative thread occurs when characters aren't aware of the entire plot. This allows an audience or reader to know more about the plot than the protagonist or supporting characters. Characters may make mistakes or fail to grasp opportunities as they are missing information. This allows for interesting and believable stories.
A plot may contain many narrative threads.
Plot vs Narrative Thread
Plot
Narrative Thread
Definition
A sequence of cause and effect events that form a story.
A portion of a plot that is visible to a character or set of characters.
Also Known As
Storyline
Plot thread

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