Sunday, 31 October 2010

Day 146: Plot vs. Character

Grr! Don't you just hate it when your creative work isn't going the way you want it too? Yesterday I spent an hour and a half working on a really important scene in my latest story and I missed out a REALLY important detail which affects the whole plot and I'm SO annoyed about it! I basically have to rewrite the whole section and I'm running out of time...aarrr!

Rant over, I promise.

What I really want to talk to you about is plot. Is it more important than character development or should the characters tell us (the writers) what should happen...?

My main character Holly has just stolen a laptop right, but the main point is that she accidentally steals a diary too, which is in the bag she uses to get the laptop out without people noticing. The diary will end up being really important to the rest of the story. So what did Holly do? Well, as I was writing it, I kinda forgot all that and she just put it up her hoody, NOT in a bag!

In some ways I think, well, that's the way Holly would have done it, but then where does that leave my story? Either way I have to work the diary into the story somehow.

Some people would tell me, 'stop being so stupid. Holly's not real, you created her, so tell her what to do.' But others would say, 'No, Holly has her own personality that you created and if that's the way she stole it, then that's what's true to her character.'

Tricky. That's what I would say.

What do you think? Do you think I should change it or keep it the same?  It's interesting to think about these things. The deeper you get into your creative process, the more intriguing it becomes. Don't you just love it!

Are you up for the challenge? Get into YOUR creative work and feel it taking over...

1 comment:

recholes said...

Interesting post. But what if the stolen laptop actually had the diary on it, as like a series of word documents or blog drafts that the owner was teetering back and forth about posting. This way you don't have to go back and rewrite, you connect the plot line with something that is current a contemporary user (who may be your blog audience) can associate with, and it opens up a lot of possibilities as to why the diary/post wasn't published or what if's that the diary is already up somewhere on the internet.

Not sure if you already solved this issue or if you already have a direction for the story to go in based on a written diary. But I just found your blog and your writing forced me to comment. AKA that's a good post.