Plot or Character? Character or Plot?
Should you begin with a character or with a plot? This article will help you reflect on which style works best for you as a writer.
Plot Starts With Conflict
The more the hero stumbles, the more interesting the book is going to be. The more the poor fellow barks his shins, the more the readers will cry for him and root for him and flip the pages hoping he'll survive. And more than that even, they'll hope he'll be hugely victorious.
Plot ~ Conflict
We need to have some quiet times between the car chases. Some times of normalcy. Otherwise the car chases feel normal and nothing feels exciting.
Plot ~ Internal Conflict
By the time the teen shows up to school with his machine gun, the tension in his mind has already played out. He's already talked down the angel on his right shoulder and thrown in his lot with the devil on his left.
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