Sunday, May 3, 2009

Quote for the Day

T-shirt I saw the other day:

"Plot. It builds character."

I laughed. I guess you could have a whole chicken-and-the-egg conversation about that one, huh? So, does your plot build your characters? Do your characters make your plot what it is? Both, I guess, in my case...
Hope you are plotting away today!

3 comments:

Heather Zenzen said...

Dude, that was so MY shirt. Anyway, yeah. I think plot can build character. Sometimes my stories come to me plot first, sometimes character first. It really is a chicken/egg conundrum. I've also found that no matter how many character building exercises I do before starting a project, it's not until I write the first few chapters and STUFF STARTS HAPPENING that I really find the voice of my characters.

Laura Bradley Rede said...

Wait, that was YOUR shirt? Can I borrow it? LOL. I'm with you. I always THINK I know my characters, then find that they sometimes react very differently than I expected when the conflict starts to hit the fan... I just think it is so interesting to see how all the elements of the story interact, and how it's different for everyone...

Heather Zenzen said...

I think they're still selling it on threadless.com ... I got mine over the holidays and it was like $9 or something. I know what you mean, though. I totally thought I had one of my MC's figured out, but it's her chapters that are coming across flat. My second MC - I didn't think he had any dimension when I started writing, but then he was just flying off the page. Stupid characters, not doing what I want them to do. They're like children.