A better question to ask is:
Am I a plot driven writer or a character driven writer?
There's no right or wrong answer. It is, however, quite helpful to know which you are. Knowing whether character or plot draws you when you are developing a story gives you a better understanding of how the creative process finds express through you.
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Strengths of the Character Driven Writer:
- You depend more readily on intuition, emotions and the right brain as the entry way into your writing. This is helpful because the first part of the creative process depends heavily on intuition and right brain processing.
- You are more at home in the chaos of the first part of the creative process, where you are basically flying without radar and anything can happen.
- You see more readily through the lens of your characters. Thus you allow your characters to drive the story .
- You are more at home with the unexpected. You may like road maps for your characters and story, but these road maps tend not to be detailed and are easily redrawn by the moods, actions and dialogue of your characters.
Strengths of the Plot Driven Writer:
- You focus on logical thinking and rational analysis.
- You have strong plots and can see the arc of the story.
- You love action and suspense, and have an ability to make action come alive.
- You have a strong desire to see the process through to the end and that helps get the job done!