There are few “real-life” people I can talk about writing with. Sometimes – and really only sometimes – I can persuade my sisters to. Around this time last year, I thought it would be the most fun thing in the world to sit around and create characters. With
quite a bit of no enthusiasm, my sisters helped me come up with the two characters I used for NaNoWriMo 2013.
“You can’t write a story solely based on characters! You need plot.”
I agree with my sister’s frustrated statement. I do not believe, however, that you always need a plot first and then the characters come along later. A story is about a character and how the events that take place (the plot) affect him or her. Those are the three elements essential to every story –
- change in characters caused by said events
Take one away and you don’t have a story. I usually have a plot before characters – last year was an exception. But what about you?