Plot is not story. Plot is what is behind the story. The story is a progression of scenes. The plot may be interesting, but if your scenes are repetitive and dull, you’ll still have a shit piece of work.
Well said, Patty (via mikandra: it’s easy).
Recognising the difference between plot and story is a fundamental skill for writers, especially when writing extended pieces (novels or novellas) and yet I keep seeing aspiring writers churning out hundreds of thousands of words of plot with very little story. Not just aspiring writers, but highly paid professionals as well (William Gibson, I’m looking at YOU).
Read the entire article. It’s an oldie but a goodie (via Ruzkin on Writing – Plot vs Story – Christopher Ruz – Designer & Author).