Speaking with youth writers this week about plot. Josip Novakovich writes in FICTION WRITER’S WORKSHOP, “To summarize (at the risk of oversimplifying): Plot depends on passions—on how characters struggle to fulfill them.” I’m dumbfounded sometimes about the inordinate amount of energy spent on methods for plotting and creating “original” plots. I sigh when I hear […]
When characters face painful truths about themselves, real drama happens. A plot-driven story cannot neglect three-dimensional characterization. In the battle between plot versus characterization, characterization always takes precedence for me.