Back to the mechanics of my novel today and a little rant about plot vs. characters.
I never really liked the idea that a book was character driven OR plot driven. It’s a common idea in the writing community but I suppose I never understood the concept. Surely a book can be both?
The book can be driven forward by plot where action drives the characters or it can be character driven whereby the character moves the story forward BUT that’s not how decisions are made in life.
It’s not event THEN decision or decision THEN event, things are muddled and confusing and bewildering. I know I’m taking to the two concepts to extremes and that one doesn’t mean you completely neglect the other but I am weirded out every time someone asks me the question:
Real writer: “Is your book plot driven or character driven?”
Me: “My book has words!”
But anyway that’s my hang up, what I really want to talk about is plot AND characters.
My plot is fairly explodey-actionriffic and at times it feels a bit like the characters aren’t getting much chance to catch their breath.
I apologise for the crapness of this post…it’s been a long week!
Feel free to ignore it or perhaps read some of my more interesting posts from Zombie Week 2011! Either way here are some quick questions to help me with my research:
What would be your skill to offer the world after the outbreak dust had settled? (Bearing in mind hairdressing and call centre skills wouldn’t be high on the priority list)
Could you kill a loved one if they were infected? Or would you leave them to roam?
Could you kill yourself if you were infected? Before you turned? Or would you rather live out every second of your life and risk becoming a brain muncher?
Would you still persist with survival if you saw your entire family killed?
Sorry for the morbid questions but like I said before it’s that type of genre!