Which Comes First: Plot or Characters?

It is amazing how little it takes to spark the concept for a story or a novel. Sometimes a simple conversation or a news story makes me wonder, what if, and I’m off plotting some new project.  More often, it is a casual meeting with a stranger that ignites my creativity.  Without conscious effort, a new character begins to form in my imagination and I have to get him down on paper before that fleeting glimpse is gone. For it is characters that most often drive my stories. Once a character becomes real to me, he or she writes the story, often acting and reacting in ways I would never have imagined. I have never learned to write with the restraint of an outline. It is only after knowing my characters thoroughly that they entrust me with their fates, and allow me to tell their stories.

About fairysockmother

I am a Harper Voyager, UK author. Among Wolves, the first in an adult fantasy trilogy was released 2015. Grim Tidings followed in 2016 and Before Winter concludes the series in 2017! I have 19 traditionally published children's books including: the Abby and the Book Bunch series and a 2 Readers' Theater series both published through Magic Wagon, a division of the ABDO Group, at www.abdopublishing.com. My first picture book, "The Christmas Cats" was released by Pelican Publishing in 2011. I have reviewed YA material for VOYA magazine for almost 28 years. Follow me on Twitter as FairySockmother and visit my website: www.nancykwallace.com.
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2 Responses to Which Comes First: Plot or Characters?

  1. Sharon says:

    It’s the conversations that get me. Random dialogues are my favourite things to post.

  2. It is amazing how our daily life graciously drops us hints on a regular basis to steer our writing in the way it needs to go.

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