Place, Plot or People?
Which is more important when crafting and writing your Novels and Books?
Is this the age old question, the writer’s version of ‘chicken and egg’?
To me, they hold an almost equal value. The place says alot about the people themselves, which in turn, drives the plot. Values are attached to places as well. The mid-US, people are more down-to-earth, more conservative values so the shock value is greater when something or someone is out of the ordinary. The coasts tend to be more open-minded, less shockable, if you will.
Plot is everything in a Novel. There can be two to three seemingly separate plots or sub-stories going on that have to tie in to the main plot at some point. Astute readers will catch on early in the game but all will notice towards the end of the book itself. Sometimes a character will deviate from the plot and sometimes place as well. Do you allow that person free will or forcefully keep them where you want them? It depends, is the answer I give.
People are important, obviously. Names aren’t really that relevant to me. It’s their personality and actions that are keen! Such an old and outdated phrase, right? But it’s true. What’s behind a person’s facade or name is what catches my attention.
What about in your works?