Monday, September 28, 2009

Plot or Character?

With Dan Brown's recent release of The Lost Symbol, there has been the usual flurry of fans and haters ready to comment. One of the most interesting that I've read is John Grisham's recent supportive comments in light of Philip Pullman's negative ones. Check out this Telegraph article to read them.

One of the interesting comments that Grisham makes that rings true for other thriller writers I know is the focus on plot versus character in an unapologetic, purposeful way. Truly, more literary writing does tend to focus on character more than plot. Many suspense-driven fiction has characters that lack that depth, but not necessarily without reason.

So how many of us are writing plot-driven fiction versus character-driven fiction? Do you think about it when you sit down to write? Or do you experiment with both sides? Let us know!

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