Five Great Quotations about Plot

“A story is only formulaic if you allow it to be. It has nothing to do with abiding by the principles of solid storytelling and the handful of elements, parts, and milestones that comprise it.” – Larry Brooks

“All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” – Leo Tolstoy

“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” – Graham Greene

“Just start at the beginning, you say? And what beginning might that be? I’ve come to the conclusion all starts are false ones. Tap the fragile shell of any beginning and you’ll find another nested inside.” – Christina Sunley

“All plots are cliche.” – Jincy Willett