Story Logic - What is it and does it really matter

So I've nearly completed my writing course.  Yes, hard to believe I'm taking one but I am. It's an email course where I've to submit a number of assignments.

Anyway my last assignment came back with issue of Story Logic. I'm non the wiser because though these 'creative writing' terms or jardons are flung about it just seems there is no real definition. So I think that means the story needs to make sense.

However I'm long past the stage of stories making sense when real life doesn't. That may be an arguement I guess. We want our fiction in neat packages not ramdon events like life. We want to know what to expect and how things will happen to a degree.

Steve N Lee of  'What If'  blog defines in his story logic blog post as In order for a story to work it must be believable, no matter how fantastic it is. To achieve that the people, places, and objects must all 'behave' in a natural, believable manner for the 'world' in which the story takes place.

In the blurb of the book Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative written by David Herman there is the statement " Because stories are strategies that help humans make sense of their world, narratives not only have a logic but also are a logic in their own right, providing an irreplaceable resource for structuring and comprehending experience."

 Does this help me in story logic? Frankly I don't really care about story logic because mostly prose purists and writers will look out for it. The readers just want a good story even if it does make sense. I guess you need to make it so exciting and interesting the reader doesn't really care about logic at all. I mean in life what is really logic? I guess that's why we want fiction to be.

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