• Craft

    How Many Plots Are There?

    Back in May a new writer asked how to keep others from copying her plot. My answer was: “There are only so many plots, so everyone is copying. It’s how each individual presents the plot that makes one story different from another.” The discussion then moved into how many plots are there? There is no easy answer to that question. Some say there’s only one plot. Others say there are five, six, seven, nine, or twenty plots. In an article in the Daily Mail, on July 8, 2016 Stacy Liberatore has a slightly different take on plots, She states there are only six, and these six are based on emotional…

  • Writing Ideas

    Plot or Characters?

    I’ll admit, I’m more plot driven than character driven, but I learned early on that it doesn’t matter how good a plot might be if the readers don’t care about the characters, that book isn’t one they’ll remember or maybe even finish reading. And if I manipulate my characters so I can achieve the plot I want, I’ll really lose my readers. Therefore, even though the plot is very important to me, I must always remember to build the story so it’s one where the characters act and react in ways that are reasonable…not just ways that will get me to my next plot point. This means, if I’ve mapped…