Q&A With A Wordsmith: First Comes The Plot Or The Characters?

Sarah Doughty

Heya Lovelies,

As a writer taking a ratherunique path, I often receive a wide range of questions. So far, I’ve covered some broad topics which you can find here and I’ll continue to shed some light on further questions. With luck, you’ll gain some understanding and insight along the way.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer, feel free to comment or drop me anemail.


Question:
Does the plot come first, or is it the characters?

Short Answer:

Neither.

Long Answer:

Any book a writer considers has some kind of premise. For example: A boy that grew up with unfortunate circumstances in the human world is admitted to a wizardry school. Or: An unpopular, high school outcast with the power to move things with her mind is tormented by her peers. 

But those examples aren’t the actual plot. The plot is the chapters…

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