Story = An account of events told for entertainment.
Plot = The sequence of events in a narrative.
Similar, yet different, wouldn’t you say? Yet many writers think of the two in interchangeable terms. What do they mean to a writer?
“When someone says, “Tell me a story,” they don’t mean, “Describe to me a sequence of events.”
In a guest post on Jane Friedman’s blog, Philip Martin explains:
“Stories connect events and create meaning; they also connect people to each other.”
To oversimplify here: A plot describes how and when things happen. A story is the deeper meaning behind those events.