The Plot Diagram is an organizing tool that uses a pyramid or triangle structure to map the events in a tale. This plot structure mapping helps readers and authors to see the major elements of stories. The six parts of a plot diagram are: setup, conflict, resolution, sequel, end note.
Setup (also called prelude) begins the story with a description of the setting and characters. It can also include a prologue that introduces important characters or sets up important themes for the story. In novels, the setup often includes a history of the main characters.
In comics, movies, and games, the setup usually involves a short scene where the characters are introduced. For example, in comic books, this would include a scene where the various superheroes team up or battle one another.
Conflict occurs when the characters' desires or needs are at odds with each other. This can be due to differences in personality, role, or position within the story's setting. For example, two characters may disagree over who owns a pet snake because they want different things from the animal. Conflict also can arise when there is a difference between what someone says they want and what they really desire. For example, a character may claim to want peace, but if left alone they will start fighting with anyone else who tries to share their bed.
A plot is a literary phrase that refers to the principal events of a work. It's also referred to as the "storyline." The author of the narrative creates the plot by arranging events in a meaningful way to shape the story. As a result, not all stories are given in chronological sequence. A story can be told through flashbacks or flash-forwards for example.
In general, plots can be divided into three basic types: dramatic, comedic and allegorical.
Dramatic plots tell a story through action and reaction between characters. They often involve conflicts between good and evil, with the goal of bringing about change for the better in the main character(s). Examples include Romeo and Juliet, Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Comic plots make fun of something or someone without mocking them. They usually feature characters who try to act like adults but keep making mistakes. These characters often learn from their mistakes and grow as people over time. Examples include The Simpsons and South Park.
Allegorical plots use real-life situations or events as a metaphor for something else. The main character(s) represents something (often a concept) other than itself. For example, Noah's ark is a metaphoric representation of humanity, so the story is telling us about human nature through this analogy. Allegories can also represent things that are true even if they aren't stated explicitly.
Diagrams and charts are two types of visual representations of data. They may be used to document facts, sketch plans, and capture ideas, as well as to improve communication, learning, and productivity. In mathematics, a diagram is called a graph. A graph is a representation of a relationship between objects as points, lines, areas, or surfaces.
A statistical chart is a graphical image that shows the distribution of values in a population. The term "chart" also refers to the graphic itself. Statistics often describe the shape of these distributions and use them to make estimates about the population. For example, a histogram is a type of chart that displays the number of times each value occurs within a dataset. Statistics relating to the frequency of occurrence of values are called descriptive statistics. Descriptive statistics include mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and range. Inferential statistics are statistics that estimate the size of an unknown parameter (such as a population proportion). Interval graphs are another type of chart that displays data on both axes; they are typically used to show change over time. Two-dimensional bar charts are the most common type of statistical chart. They display multiple sets of data on one axis, usually using different colors or styles of line for each set of data.
One-dimensional charts show data along a single dimension.
Plot is the method through which an author constructs and organizes a series of events in a story. In a nutshell, the plot is the bedrock of a tale. Some refer to it as a text's "what" (whereas the characters are the "who" and the theme is the "why"). This is the fundamental plot definition.
Now, how does one go about plotting out a story? The first thing to understand is that there are two types of plots: linear and non-linear. A linear plot follows a straightforward sequence of events that leads up to a clear climax and resolution. Think romance novels, movies, and plays. These kinds of stories work well when the audience knows exactly what will happen next, so they can enjoy the ride and cry at the end. Linear plots are easy to write because you just have to follow the order of things from start to finish.
Non-linear plots don't follow a strict sequence of events. Authors often use non-linear plots to reflect real life where different parts of the story overlap and interconnect with other events. For example, let's say your character wants to go to San Francisco for the weekend but doesn't know where she/he is going or what they are going to do once they get there. You would probably not describe their trip in detail starting with them packing their bags and making their way on the highway all the way to California.