Day 38

What comes first, plot or characters?

Characters, usually. I mean they go hand in hand and are definitely developed alongside one another, but I almost always come up with a few main characters first. Who they are, what they care about, what they are doing and how they are doing it. Then I build around that. I feel like who we are as people affects our actions more than anything else, our reactions and our personal beliefs. Plot can be as simple or intricate as the writer pleases but it always comes back to the characters for me. Our choices and the consequences leading us into the next chapter of our lives. Of course, sometimes things happen to our characters that they have no control over, but you can’t carry on the plot without knowing how your characters will take what happens to them.

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