Monday, January 27, 2014
Which came first? Plot or character?
This isn't really a chicken and egg kind of scenario. But the trick is to make it seem like one. It's to enmesh plot and character so tightly together that you can't conceive of one without the other.
Some writers are plot-focused. The characters are vehicles they use to drive that plot.
Some are character-focused. The plot drives the characters.
But in both scenarios, both the characters and the plot are moving together.
I come up with characters first, and build my plots around them. Mostly, at least. Lately I've been playing with plot and creating characters to suit it. It's a strange shift in thinking after all this time, but ultimately it's only one of those things that other writers care about, not readers.
As long as both the plot and the characters are strong, and as long as you can't have one without the other, you're doing it right.