Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Striving for Plotacter*

I realized as I was going through Conventional Demon scene by scene that what I was adding (or making notes to add) were plot points that allowed for greater character development. The more I research how to build a good plot, the more I realize it's all about the characters and how they react to the events. Two people plopped down in the middle of a riot are going to react differently. The same for if they were seated at a game of bridge or taken as a date to the same family dinner. Just like life and real people, I want my main characters and their reactions to play true to their native traits.

And yet, the more I research how to build believable characters, the more I realize the importance of plot. Great characters with nothing to do are just lazy bums. Great characters who never are tested or put through a series of trials are just average citizens.

As you might be able to tell, I'm feeling a vague sense of frustration, though right now I'm going to chalk it up to the tedium of turning a novel into a spreadsheet and not make anything to big of it. CD will be just fine.

*Plotacter: the melding of a novel's plot and character development into seamless perfection (as dreamed of being achieved by Rebecca Chastain)


Cody said...

You Can Do It!!

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with being an average citizen? I am and I also have great character! Wait, or am I just a character? hahaha

LOVE your NON blog!

Rebecca Chastain said...


I think that average citizens can be good folk, too, but I wouldn't say *all* citizens are good people. Unlike, ahem, writers... :)

Rebecca Chastain said...

p.s. I'm glad you enjoy the NON blog, too! I'm really proud of it and all the authors I've interviewed. Next week, I'm interviewing an author of a historical romantic adventure! Check back on Monday to find out who.