Character-Driven vs Plot-Driven Stories

I am and always have been a character-driven writer, and I love it. It’s like a drug in my system. I have to keep a tight rein on it, though, because in not wanting their story to end I’ll go right past where it should stop. πŸ™‚ I do hope to at least once try my hand with a plot-driven story.

Linda G. Hill

There are many writers out there who craft their stories based on a β€œwhat if” situation. They will come up with a scenario, such as β€œwhat if a meteor hit the earth?” or β€œwhat if a guy goes to the store and finds all the cars in the parking lot stacked on top of each other?”

These two scenarios may sound very similar, but they’re not. Yes, both start with the same three words, but the difference is this: the first revolves around a plot. The plot has yet to be populated by humans (assuming there are humans left alive after the meteor hit). The second scenario already has a human in it. Here may be the difference between a plot-driven story and a character-driven one.

For me, populating a story that contains a story first (aforementioned meteor crashing down) is near impossible. I can’t wrap my head around a…

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