This past week, I put out a poll on various social media sites asking writers what they considered was the most important element of any given story. Not surprisingly, there seems to be a split between the Character element and the Plot element as evident below:
“I voted for Character, but beyond that, the narrative voice. There are some voices, like those from Flannery O’Connor, Sue Monk Kid, and even Anne Lamott, that I’ll listen to even if I’m not interested, per se, in the topic. It’s like wearing a warm flannel shirt that feels like home.” –tomadaonline
“Compelling characters move the plot, make settings more than a travelogue, give themes meaning w/which readers can identify.” –We PAW Bloggers
“Has to be plot. You can have compelling characters, intricate settings… but if they’re doing bugger all it’s a bad story!” –The Written Ward
What about you? Would you like to add your input to this debate? Do you think Character is more important to a story than the Plot? Or, perhaps the genre a story is in has a hand in determining which element would be the driving force? If you’re interested on continuing or even expanding on this debate, how about writing a guest post? Let me know via the Contact page!