The Other Side of the Tracks

Posted: January 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

This title could also have been Why Characters Trump Plots, but you know… you’ll understand later. Consider every novel or movie you have grown to love and think about what makes it so special. I doubt it is the plot, because in your mind you have probably said the characters’ names. They are the core of each story whether you like it or not. I know that a lot of people can come up with outrageously good plots, but they simply can’t pen them, because they can’t create the person in the middle of it all. Create a mediocre plot though with an interesting character and you will still succeed, but create a mediocre character in a good plot then people will call you out faster than a kid telling an adult that he or she is lying.

This is why it doesn’t really matter what plot you came up with as great characters will lead you to better plots, but even if not, they are like family. To you… and to your readership. So if you take a beloved family member and place them in jail or in the bad side of town. Or even if they are filthy… blood is thicker than water. You still care about them. The same goes for characters. I am not saying that you need to write an average plot. No, I am saying that the best characters will utilize an author’s mind to its full capability. (if such a thing is possible) If you can make readers care about your characters then you already won more than half of the battle. Though I don’t like comparing writing to battle unless war is fun. Maybe it is.

I am getting sidetracked. The point is that no matter where in the universe your great character finds himself or herself. The plot will never be more important than character.

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