I like author and writing mentor Martha Alderson’s definition of story. Alderson, also known as “The Plot Whisperer,” says that, “Story is conflict shown in scene.”
In order to have the most impact, our stories should be written mostly in scene—in moment by moment detail. But we should also remember that a story made up entirely of scenes can inject too much conflict and exhaust the reader.
Summary is a place to rest. It’s a place where time is compressed. It’s tells the reader the events that aren’t important enough to show in detail. Read more