A great post for both readers and writers. What’s most important to you: character, plot, or setting?
Character is everything
We build character in kids from a young age, because real-life character is everything.
What about fiction?
The way I see it, fiction contains three elements that divide into many other, but three main components:
In my book — literal and figurative — character is number one.
Sure, there are great plot-driven novels with little character development. Their success isn’t due to lack of character growth but excellent plot that is engrossing from the jump. The Maze Runner, a YA dystopian, is an example. Very plot-driven.
But back to my number one: character-driven fiction.
It’s advertised as a literary-fiction element. But, oh, how I disagree. Character-driven writing works superbly for genre fiction. Take Gone Girl, for one. Relationship drives the plot, sure, but the gradual revelation of characters, that’s what makes the story.
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