For my entries in the 2012 A to Z Challenge, I will be focusing on writing elements that I find important and that I want to incorporate into my work.
Today, the topic is PLOT.
In earlier posts, I wrote about how important characterization was in my writing; about how I wanted to create memorable characters that stick with a reader. I want my characters to seem like real people a reader can identify with, connect to, and become emotionally involved with.
But I also talked back on G-Day about how I'm a Genre writer, and that I want much more than just memorable characters in my writing.
I want plot – The sequence of interesting and emotionally gripping events, undercurrents, and backdrop that makes up the whole story.
Without that, even the best characters are wasted. Consider “Hamlet” – what if the story was about the day that the Danish prince decided to go fishing and caught some nice flouder for the royal supper? Or how about if “The Lord of the Rings” detailed the season that Frodo and his hobbit friends helped bring in a particularly bountiful harvest?
Think these revised stories would impact readers the way the originals have?
For a story to work, there have to be interesting events that have significant impact. Events that CHANGE my characters. Maybe they don't need to have life and death stakes or nail-biting suspense, but my stories have to include emotionally-charged events that force my characters to evolve, to grow, and to achieve a deeper understanding of life or themselves -- or to suffer some sort of loss because they refused to.
For what I want in my writing, I think it boils down to a simple equation:
Compelling Characters + Gripping Plot = Successful Story.
That's all it takes.
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