Online College Courses for Credit

Plot Structure

Plot Structure

Author: Karen Hamilton

Identify what makes a plot and create a few plots for a possible story.

This tutorial explains the plot structure in a story, the different types of conflicts, and allows for the creative process of creating different plots using different conflicts.

See More
Fast, Free College Credit

Developing Effective Teams

Let's Ride
*No strings attached. This college course is 100% free and is worth 1 semester credit.

28 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

286 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 26 of Sophia’s online courses. Many different colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.


The Most Important Element of the Story!

The plot is the most important part of your story, so let's take a look at what makes a plot and practice creating some plots!

Plot Structure


Source: Karen Silvestri


Use the assignment above to create a short story scene. What is happening in the picture that you chose? Try writing multiple scenes using different conflicts.

Source: Karen Silvestri