A Pinch of Character, a Pound of Plot

“Plot grows out of character. If you focus on who the people in your story are, if you sit and write about two people you know and are getting to know better day by day, something is bound to happen.”
~Anne Lamott

“I like to think of what happens to characters in good novels and stories as knots–things keep knotting up. And by the end of the story–readers see an “unknotting” of sorts. Not what they expect, not the easy answers you get on TV, not wash and wear philosophies, but a reproduction of believable emotional experiences.”
~Terry Mc Millan


6 thoughts on “A Pinch of Character, a Pound of Plot

  1. I’ve read 2-3 books recently that lacked characters I could really cheer for, or at least get into. It rather spoiled the books for me. A great story isn’t all that great without great characters and vice versa.

    • Too true. Characters are the life of any story, no matter what genre a person writes…without characters that breathe into the reader, there is no life to give the story shape.

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