So what is plot? Plot carries the theme. The character must take action to bring about change. Again I refer to Vogler who gives stages from the character being forced out of his ordinary world and called to adventure. refusing the call, meeting a mentor, crossing the threshold, etc. In other words, plotting the story to carry the theme to completion. Several books are available to writers but most follow a similar pattern. Karen Doctor, a member of Romance Writers of America presents a workshop on the WPlot. Some others I like are Ronald B. Tobias, MASTER PLOTS, Ansen Dibell, Plot,
Debra Dixon, GOAL, MOTIVATION, & CONFLICT, and Vogler, THE WRITER'S JOURNEY. Plot is the high and low points. the mountains and valleys, the goals, motivations, and conflict, black moment that carry the theme and character to resolution. Without theme there is no story which needs plotting.