I’m over at Cherie Coyler’s blog today looking at the evolution of the opening of My Epic Fairy Tale Fail–stop by to read the book’s (terrible) original first page!
Also, I was at the Enchanted Inkpot yesterday talking with my fellow Inkies about the BIG things we’ve learned about writing fantasy.
When it comes to starting a story, I usually start with plot. I create a premise and then think about the different ways that premise can play out. After that, I consider what kind of character would work best for this type of story. Plot helps me get into a project, but character helps me make that project work.
Case in point: As I’m revising UnFairy 3 and really digging into the characters, it’s making me rethink certain aspects of the plot. That’s not to say I ignored the characters in previous revisions, but I think I was focusing more on making the whole story work and less on making sure the characters felt unique and interesting. Now, as I’m trying to make the supporting cast more fleshed out, it’s giving me ideas that will force the plot to change a bit.
As I strive to put more humor into the story, it also comes back to character. The more layered the characters are, the more fun I can have with their quirks. Humor can come through in plot, but character makes that humor feel richer and more organic.
So there you go. In the age-old character vs. plot debate, I guess my answer is: both.
How do you get into a story? With character? With plot? With brownies?
And now, apropos of nothing, a funny cat picture: