Character Vs. Plot

discussionsWhich one is more important? 

It’s one of the decisions you have to make when sitting down to write a novel. Some books are character driven whereas others are moved along by the strong plot. When you read something like Lord of The Flies for example, it’s ultimately the actions of the characters that drive the plot. I am still trying to figure out which one should come first but saying that, my main character is strong-minded so if I had to choose at the moment, I would say character is more important. 

Which one do you think is more important when writing a novel? Which one do you tend to focus on more? 


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

One Response to Character Vs. Plot

  • Hi Laura,

    An interesting question. For me personally the plot is the framework of the book, the characters flesh it out. I like strong page-turning plots but there a need to balance with with an equally strong hero & heroine and at least one ‘love to hate’ character who is usually a woman (they seem to work better in my writing).

    I think when writing from the first person books tend to be character driven but as you say, Lord of the Flies was also a book which was driven by the actions of the individual characters within it. I guess it’s all about what you’re happy with and the kind of writing you do. Hope that’s helpful.

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