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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami November 25, 2015 - 12:12pm

Where do people come up with such blatant falsehoods? Never once have I personally used these 'six main plots' of fiction writing. I generally used: the linguistic jumble, the metaphorical made literal, and the core personal need.

That's not including various common patterns and themes in my own work: the trip to see the aunts, the dark and scary stay over, and the trip back home with new insight. In the middle of the story one might meet the ghost both literal and personal.

The linguistic jumble being something like if the word curse meant to proclaim a molevolent spell from a witch's mouth before she is hung, then the modern usage is in something like 'The Fredrik Family Curse' about how every seventh son dies from cancer.

The core personal need would be something like if I knew I needed to find a job as grocery store stocker, I'd structure the entire plot around this.

Then there is the circular plot, where both the initial journey and the final journey is factored in.

So like what do people mean when they say '6 common plots' or '14 shared plot' or other such tabloidesque nonsense?