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Plot

  • ... plot is character in action.

  • Plot is just a fancy way of saying 'and then.'

  • Plot springs from character ... I've always sort of believed that these people inside of me — these characters — know who they are and what they're about and what happens, and they need me to help get it down on paper because they don't type.

    • Anne Lamott,
    • in Alexander Gordon Smith, Writing Bestselling Children's Books ()
  • A plot is like the bones of a person, not interesting like expression, or signs of experience, but the support of the whole.

    • Ivy Compton-Burnett,
    • "A Conversation Between Ivy Compton-Burnett and M. Jourdain," in Orion ()
  • As regards plots I find real life no help at all. Real life seems to have no plots.

    • Ivy Compton-Burnett,
    • "A Conversation Between Ivy Compton-Burnett and M. Jourdain," in Orion ()
  • The plot is not very important to me, though a novel must have one, of course. It's just a line to hang the washing on.

  • Every search has its own momentum. It is why a search makes such an excellent plot for a film or story.

  • [On the movie "American Hot Wax:] A plot so thin you could thread a needle with it.

  • When I am thickening my plots, I like to think 'What if ... What if ... ' Thus my imagination can move from the likely, which everyone can think of, to the unlikely-but-possible, my preferred plot.

  • Conflict is the place where character and plot intersect.