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PostSubject: Character VS. Plot Driven   Mon May 04, 2009 4:09 am

So do you believe your character/plot driven sort of writer, or are you both? or do you even think there should be a distinction?

Well here is alittle quiz to see which one you might be. http://www.absolutewrite.com/novels/character_or_action.htm

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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Mon May 04, 2009 5:24 am

According to the quiz, I'm balanced. I agree with that -- I put a lot of emphasis on plot (since you can't really have a story without it, in my opinion), but I develop my characters so much that they kind of talk to me.

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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Mon May 04, 2009 11:19 am

I'm character-driven. Razz I could tell you in a heartbeat about my characters, but describing my plot is a bit difficult. :/
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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Mon May 04, 2009 12:22 pm

I'm balanced too Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Mon May 04, 2009 1:06 pm

I guess it depends on the storyline I'm currently working on. Some of my stories are more plot driven but once I get intensely into it I notice how well-rounded my characters get to be.
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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Tue May 05, 2009 3:24 pm

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I looked at that quiz, and frankly, I found it quite useful. I plan to recommend it on my blog,to any interested readers, because it certainly interested me. I went through the quiz, and I fiound that I'm (more or less) balanced in my writing. What I'm working on is more or less plot driven, but there's plenty of character development in it too, as each of the major characters has a "problem" that they must overcome, including the antagonist(a historical character who plays a major part in the proceedings, but is not, strictly speaking, a "villain"). They are all rather complicated in their own right, and right now, I'm working on developing their characters, because I already, more or less "have" the plot.
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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Sat May 09, 2009 12:23 am

What a fun quiz - thanks for posting that link, Emily.

I am completely character driven, and - I must admit - generally hopeless at plotting. If I ever do have plot ideas, by the time I get to that part of the story i find that my characters often refuse to do the things I had in mind for them, so its a waste fo time thinking up things for them to do!

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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Sat May 09, 2009 12:45 am

I've noticed that, even though I like to think I'm pretty balanced, I do lean more towards the side of character driven. Plot's important, but if you have cardboard characters carrying it, it really doesn't work.

Which is why I hate a lot of the classics. The characters don't interest me. But that's beside the point.

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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Sat May 09, 2009 10:55 am

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I've noticed that, even though I like to think I'm pretty balanced, I do lean more towards the side of character driven. Plot's important, but if you have cardboard characters carrying it, it really doesn't work.

Which is why I hate a lot of the classics. The characters don't interest me. But that's beside the point.

I think that's why I don't like a lot of the classics either novel. Except for Wuthering Heights because of how Emily Bronte really did make her characters the more of the story instead of the plot.
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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Sat May 09, 2009 5:24 pm

Gobblegobble and Novel Goddess:

To have a truly balanced novel, though, you need both character and plot. If you have nothing but "plot", you''ll end up with a "cartoon" of a story, which probably won't interest many readers. If you have nothing but "character" without much plot, it might work as something "experimental", but that won't interest many people, either. The "characters" actually have to do something; they can't just stand arround maturing their character. Personally, I tend to think the distinction doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Sun May 10, 2009 5:17 pm

RosyT wrote:
What a fun quiz - thanks for posting that link, Emily.

I am completely character driven, and - I must admit - generally hopeless at plotting. If I ever do have plot ideas, by the time I get to that part of the story i find that my characters often refuse to do the things I had in mind for them, so its a waste of time thinking up things for them to do!

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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Sun May 10, 2009 8:25 pm

RosyT and Moonlight Mania:

Just out of curiosity, I'm wondering how you create a story, if your ideas are completely character driven? Do you just follow where your characters take you, and go from there? Don't worry, I don't think this is necessarily bad, because every writer does things differently.
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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Tue May 12, 2009 1:48 pm

Anne Gilbert wrote:
RosyT and Moonlight Mania:

Just out of curiosity, I'm wondering how you create a story, if your ideas are completely character driven? Do you just follow where your characters take you, and go from there? Don't worry, I don't think this is necessarily bad, because every writer does things differently.
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What I do is come up with a beginning and an end and let the characters take it from there. As much as I'd love to beleive I'm in control of my novel, I'm not. Arrow and Gash are. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Tue May 12, 2009 5:27 pm

BlackFairyDust:

If you can come up with a beginning and an end, you've really got a story going. That, after all, is two "key scenes" right there. You will find more as you write.
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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Sun May 24, 2009 8:58 pm

Anne Gilbert wrote:

Just out of curiosity, I'm wondering how you create a story, if your ideas are completely character driven? Do you just follow where your characters take you, and go from there?

That's actually a really interesting thought. The Surface of the Deep started off being plot-driven, so I had the story down-pat before I started writing. But when I did start writing, my characters took over. So it wasn't really an issue there.

I do that a lot -- even if my projects are very character-driven, I always have a strong plot in mind before I start writing. If the characters want to stray from the path, I let them -- but only if it makes sense.

So I guess I'm pretty balanced between plot and character...

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PostSubject: Re: Character VS. Plot Driven   Sun May 24, 2009 10:37 pm

Novel-goddess:

I guess that's why I say my work is a little bit of both. I generally have a strong plot, one way or another, but as I write and rewrite, my characters develop, because I keep learning more about them.
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