This is the website of Clive Frayne, screenwriter, script-editor and theorist on the philosophy of cinematic writing

“It is not about pulling the trigger. The gun is irrelevant. It is about her ethical dilemma and the emotional cost she has to pay for her decision.”

A story isn’t the plot. It is not a series of events. A story is the emotional and ethical journey specific characters take when confronted with challenging events.