PLOT

Plot line (story mountain)

The visual representation of a plot.

Exposition

Occurs at the beginning of a story. Characters and setting are introduced.

Setting

Includes a time period, place, and any background information.

Characters

People, animals, and/or things in the story.

Protagonist

The hero in the story who is faced with a conflict.

Conflict

A struggle or clash between opposing characters or opposing forces.

Rising action

A series of events that builds a story. It begins with the inciting incident and ends with the climax.

Climax

The turning point of the story: main character comes face to face with a major conflict, main character will change in some way, main problem will be solved in one way or another.

Falling action

All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of.

Resolution

The story comes to a reasonable ending.