Once your characters have become real, then they will lead you through your plot. All you have to do is come up with the basic path of the plot. (This is where you may learn to love my “What If?” technique!) Your characters will do the rest because it is they who are living the plot. If necessary, once I’m familiar with your characters, I too will pitch in with plot ideas; and if an idea resonates with you, then you and your characters will embrace it and run with it. One example of how your characters will make the plot come alive: Assume you’re writing a James Bond book (let’s say, Goldfinger). If you have decided that James should be a gentle, shy, cerebral sort of fellow, he could still succeed at ridding the world of Goldfinger, but the way in which your Bond character would accomplish this (your Plot) would be quite different from the way the original James Bond deals with Goldfinger! In fact, your plot might be more interesting than Ian Flemming’s plot!
Once you’ve written a first scene that you really like, a scene with which you feel totally comfortable, then you’re on your way with both character and plot. Even if you’re in the middle of the book when we begin working together, after that first humdinger of a scene has you feeling “Wow”, it’ll be so easy to go back and revise the prior scenes in which this character appears.