- writers should use plot and structure
- some "literati"-type writers disdain plot, they think that plotting is something like slumming
- those "literati"-type writers are wrong
- there are two types of plots:
- literary plots, and
- commercial plots
- literary plots involve somebody's internal journey, and they meander around to various points (the book included a helpful chart) until they come to:
- a hopeful ending, or
- a downbeat ending
- commercial plots, on the other hand—
And that's when he closed the book and got off the train.
I suspect that, if there are only two kinds of plots, I must already be doing the "commercial plot" kind, since the diagram and description of the "literary plot" didn't seem to resemble anything that I do.