Welcome to another edition of Voices of Fiction.
We have another great group of writers here to discuss ‘Character versus Plot’
Please welcome our guest.
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Jade Varden is the author of the Deck of Lies series, a collection of YA mystery books that show what happens when dark family secrets are exposed. Jade also provides professional writing tips to other indie authors on her blog. Blog, Twitter
Pat Andres - author of MAGGIE: A SAVANNAH DOG, Roseanna the Savannah Squirrel, LOVE FROM the ASHES, and It’s Hard to Be Crystal: Life in the Tranny Lane. Website
Vicki Batman likes to kick back with a diet Coke and write crazy things for her characters. She has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories. She is a member of RWA, and the DARA, Elements, and RWA-WF chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??" Blog, Blog, Link
Welcome Authors! It’s wonderful to have you back for another round.
Now the question is: What comes first, the character or the plot?
Barbara Ehrentreu: For me I think it's a little bit of both. I'll think of a character and/or a plot and then develop it into a story. Sometimes the character comes from my own life and sometimes the plot does too. In my first novel I based the character on a family member and the plot was taken from this person's existence. In my second novel I used my own husband's heart attack and bypass surgery with the plot. The characters came afterward as I fitted them into the story. In my third novel it was all character-based at first.
Jade Varden: Usually, the main character comes first. Once I know who that person is, I can start manipulating them through various events.
Karina Kantas: It's the basic plot and story line that I have before a character enters my head. Once I know who he/she is, I allow them to come alive on the page and I start putting myself in their situations.
Pat Andres: Characters usually come first for me.
Vicki Batman: Character because the character says something. But quickly move to plot. I like to play "What if???" So when I get my spark, I usually go "What if???" and continue writing from there. If I get stuck, I try "What if???" again and take off.
Thank you all for joining us today and sharing your techniques.
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