So I'm reading a book about writing novels, and there is a chapter about Situation Vs Circumstance. It explains that Circumstance is vital to making a story exciting, but almost all writers confuse Circumstance with Situation. The book gives examples of both, but I can't really tell the difference. I must be one of those writers who confuses the two!!!! Can anyone explain if this is circumstance or situation? A man awakes with no memory. People are after him. He begins a journey to escape these people and find out who he is. Thank you, you clever people.