Plot – Tale – Telling – Narration

PLOT is only the skeleton of any story, a small section within the narrative voice.

TALE is the sequence of events that happen in the order that they occur.

TELING is the sequence of events that happen in the order that they are told.

It’s in your NARRATIVE VOICE that you can play with, to MOLD the plot in a way that would interest the readers.
Plots can be reused but feel completely different because it’s told in two distinct ways. It’s in the narrative voice that you can completely mess up an otherwise good plot or vice versa. You have to use your narrative voice to reveal characters, prove ideas, be subtle, be witty, create beautiful sentences, etc.

In my opinion, the narrative voice, by far, outweighs the plot.

Another brilliant quote I picked up from one of the answers on Quora from Jenny Wang. You can see the full post here. So far, I’m trying to keep dialogue curt and snappy, but allow my narration to draw out in chunks. That’s the direction I’ll like to head as mentioned in my review of The Book Case here. Reading out your own dialogue helps you to know whether you’re going all draggy on it. People talk very snappily in real life, unless they are explaining stuff, which a story should try to keep to a minimum.

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2 thoughts on “Plot – Tale – Telling – Narration

  1. I’ve never thought about it in terms of narrative voice vs. plot, more in terms of writing for plot vs. character writing. It makes sense to put characters in narrative voice and something to think about.

    …Dialogue is tricky. Even though she writes popular detective lit (also, geared toward women), I think Janet Evanovich is a master of quirky and interesting dialogue even though her plots are sometimes a bit repetitive.

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