Skip to main content

Which is More Important...The Characters or the Plot?

Hello All,

More than a week has passed since my last post, which as I recall, was whiny and sad.  For what it is worth, I am in much better spirits now that I've moved onto the next chapter in my book.

 Last weekend my family and I celebrated an early Thanksgiving with my in -laws in Virginia. They own a quiet place in the country where one can read,write and debate in an environment that is free from distractions of the modern world.

 During the visit, my mother-in-law, Ruth, who happens to be an avid reader and supporter of my novel, somehow fell into a discussion with me over the question of which is more important, the plot or the characters.  Ruth felt that both the plot and characters propelled the story line forward, and if one of the two was lacking, the reader would lose interest.

 In contrast, I believe the characters are the story.  The reader often forms an attachment with each of them, some characters are loved, while others are hated.  Even if the plot is somewhat contrived, this attachment will force the reader to finish and even enjoy the novel.  For example, although I have not read book five of Harry Potter, some of the reviews I've checked out, insist that the plot was forced and disappointing.  Despite this plot glitch, all of the reviewers finished the book.  Why?  because they like Harry, Hermione, and Ron. Also, readers love to hate Voldemort and Malfoy.

Which do you think is more important, the plot or the characters?  I'd love to get your feedback.
Until next time, happy writing.

Popular posts from this blog

Opinions Pleaaaaaase!!!!!

Hello All,

I recently began a new WIP.  Although I'm happy with my outline, I've struggled with the beginning. This said, I wrote two opening paragraphs. Both lead to the same place, but they take a very different paths to get there. I just can't decide which one I like better.  If you have a minute or two, I'd  appreciate it if you'd give your opinion. Which paragraph would keep you reading?  Also, please be mindful that these are very raw first drafts.  I'd be happy to return the favor anytime.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Opening #1A cold chill broke across my arms when he entered the room. It happened every time I saw him. By now you'd think I'd be used to him Yet, here I sat, dreading his very presence. You see, to everyone else he was a man of flesh and blood. A man who devoted his life to treating the sick.  To me, he was Doom—bringing false hope to the incurable—deliverer of tragedy, ready to do his worst.  My dad and I had been confronted…

Flexing My Writing Muscles

Hello all, it's time for another installment of the ISWG hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. For more information about this group, please click on the following link: Insecure Writer's Support Group

First of all, I want to wish each and everyone of you a happy New Year. In my experience people reserve their first post for NY resolutions, etc, but I've decided not to bore you with promises.  What I will say is I'm looking forward to a fresh start--New Year, New Me.

Due to all the stress that comes with returning to nursing school, I haven't written at all. However,  I did make it to my writer's group last month.  After missing three months of meetings, I felt a little out of sorts.  The sense of familiarity and comradery I usually encountered with the members was somehow off   I didn't let it get me down.  Instead, in the spirit of the New Year, New Me thing, I endeavored not to miss anymore meetings.  I've also come up with an idea for a short story.  It'…

From The Dust Marinade to a Gourmet Work of Fiction

Hello all, it's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  To learn more about this wonderful membership please click on the preceding link.

After several weeks of juggling family and nursing school, I finally get a much needed break. Specifically, Spring Break. Woo hoo!!!! Unlike some students who go wild during this time and head to the beach for fun in the sun, I plan to hunker down at my desk and catch up on my writing. It's been a month since I've written anything, and I'm jonesing to escape into my world of fiction.

My short story is about two-thirds complete. If all goes according to plan, I hope to have it done by the end of next week. Then I intend to pull my first novel from its dust marinade,  and return it to the writing kitchen, where I hope to create a gourmet work of fiction.  If I can find the time.

Once school resumes, every second of every day is consumed by my studies. I truly feel like a fish out…