The main plot line is simple: Getting your character to the foot of the tree, getting him up the tree, and then figuring out how to get him down again.
Conspiracy! Intrigue! A rapidly thickening plot! Add some bestiality and a lecherous priest and I'd say you have the beginnings of a beautiful novel.
The characters are the plot. What they do and say and the things that happen to them are, in a sense, what the plot is. You can't take character and plot apart from each other, really.
Plot is just a fancy way of saying 'and then.
Plot comes first. The plot is the archictecture of your novel. You wouldn't build a house without a plan. If I wrote without a plot, it would just be a pile of bricks. Characters are your servants. They must serve your plot.
All plot comes from the character's trying to get something, to achieve something, wanting, desiring, longing.
Characters make their own plot. The dimensions of the characters determine the action of the novel.
Conflict is the place where character and plot intersect.
A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise... Because this is how life is full of surprises.
Plot is merely the mechanism by which your character is forced up against her deepest fears and desires.
Once somebody's aware of a plot, it's like a bone sticking out. If it breaks through the skin, it's very ugly.
The real story is not the plot, but how the characters unfold by it.
A plot is like the bones of a person, not interesting like expression, or signs of experience, but the support of the whole.
A life without purpose is like a novel without a plot. It wanders all over the place, is hard to follow, and in the end, doesn't get particularly good reviews.
There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.
Character is half the reason we read. We're excited because of the plot, but we care because of the characters.
The whole magic of a plot requires that somebody be impeded from getting something over with.
I feel that discussing story-writing in terms of plot, character, and theme is like trying to describe the expression on a face by saying where the eyes, nose, and mouth are.
Character is the plot in many ways
The reason I collect good ideas is because plots themselves are very difficult indeed to come by.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
Think of it as the Doorway of No Return. The feeling must be that your lead character, once she passes through, cannot go home again until the major problem of the plot is solved.
In a novel, the biggest symbiosis exists between plot and character. In a song, it would be the lyrics and the melody.
There is no vengeance as terrible as the vengeance a coward plots in the dark of his heart.
Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR per G.G., CHIEF OF ORDNANCE
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