Upcoming Debate: Plot vs. Characters

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Back in December, I ran a poll asking my readers (many who are also writers themselves) which part of any given fiction is more important: plot or characters.  I wasn’t completely satisfied with this mere poll, and decided to expand this topic further with an open debate with others. I sent out a call to various authors/editors/writing coaches and several have answered!

I originally planned to run this “debate” with just a single posting; but each response I received was too good to break down into pieces.  Instead, on each Wednesday (starting March 5th), I will run each one of these responses.  At the end of each one, the readers will have a chance to chime in their own thoughts and input on the matter.

Be sure to tune for the first part of the debate on Wednesday!

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6 thoughts on “Upcoming Debate: Plot vs. Characters

  1. Character. The Jason Bourne and John Rain novels would be average action novels without their well-developed main character. Breaking Bad would be just another long TV mini-series but for Walter White and Jesse Pinkman and their – um – development over time. Quasimodo is a full human being, which makes the plot that much more tender.
    Great characters allow a plot to flow naturally and organically.
    A great plot, on the other hand, can’t function without well-developed characters.

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  2. Character. Definitely the more important of the two. While action/adventure novels do require more of an upbeat plot (even more of a plot in general) it would still be hard to get through if you weren’t completely invested in the characters.

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  3. You can’t keep an audience’s attention without properly developing both plot and character. However, I feel that if your characters read as two-dimensional, overly perfect, or complete assholes, people aren’t going to care about their story no matter how great your plotline is.

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