Character-driven vs. Plot-driven stories

This essay was originally posted to the writing community Get Your Words Out on April 23, 2020. When I volunteered to write this topic, it was as much to learn as to teach. For years, my opinion has been character=plot/plot=character; basically, you can’t have one without the other. Researching this, though, has widened my perspective,…

Plotting using seven plot points

This essay was originally posted to the writing community Get Your Words Out on Feb. 26, 2019. Small edits have been made. When it comes to plotting methods, there are as many examples as there are writers. I’ve played around with numerous methods over the years, trying to find one that works for me, and…