Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Round-Up - #188

Ane Mulligan, at Novel Rocket, enlightens us on the difference between character-driven  and plot-driven novels.

Writers: Is your WIP character or plot driven?

Readers: Do you care whether or not the books you read center around a character or a story and why?

Have a blessed weekend!


Karen Lange said...

Hmm, will have to check this out. Thanks for the link!
Happy Friday,

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, good questions, Susan. I never considered this before!

I think I prefer character driven. I just read a delightful cozy mystery by Cec Murphey called Everybody Loved Roger Harden. It's full of dialogue, with very little description and setting, but I loved how Cec moved the story via this unique method.

DenaNetherton said...

My novels are plat driven, but the characters go through a strong arc from beginning to end.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen - You're welcome. Have a blessed weekend.

Hi Jen - I like character-driven novels as well, but I'm also drawn to a strong plot.

Hi Dena - Your novels sound like a perfect balance of the two.

Susan :)

Jean Fischer said...

I think I prefer plot driven, but I like both. Years ago, I got into Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who" mystery series. Plot driven all the way, but with wonderful, quirky characters.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

Thanks for stopping by. The cat stories sound like fun.

Susan :)

Anonymous said...

Mine is plot driven, although as I wrote the story and events unfolded, the characters came to life. They jostled amongst themselves for position and more face time. So I have some well developed characters, both on the good side and the bad side.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Stephen -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I enjoy both plot and character driven novels.

Susan :)