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J. H. Bogran (who did a Guest Post for us here: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2013/06/settings-part-4-detail-guest-post-by-j.html ), forwarded a tweet from "thebigthrill.org" in April 2019.
J. H. Bogran writes:
Interesting topic this week at the Roundtable “Does ‘character-driven’ mean the plot should be simpler or more complex?” (link: http://www.thebigthrill.org/2019/04/april-22-28-does-character-driven-mean-the-plot-should-be-simpler-or-more-complex/) thebigthrill.org/2019/04/april-… via
#writingcommunity #litchat #scifichat #thrillers #amwriting
Forwarded message the comment was about:
April 22 – 28: “Does ‘character-driven’ mean the plot should be simpler or more complex?”
With regard to novels, August Norman, T R Kenneth, Cathy Ace, Caitlin Starling, Jerry Kennealy, Lisa Towles, Gary Haynes, Rachel Caine, Elisabeth Elo, Nicole Bross, Lynn Cahoon and Laurie Stevens. we use terms like "character-driven" does that mean the plot should be simpler or more complex? This week we're joined by ITW Members
My answer, in tweet-format, was:
1 min ago
#scifichat "Character driven" = plot's energy comes FROM Character's internal conflict. Writer shows via THEME how our angst creates our vicissitudes, while strengthening of character allows us to overcome them. "Driven" means Character Arc is Story.
Compare to their take on the subject, here:
As we've discussed at length in these Tuesday posts, when you have your THEME clearly in mind as you write (or most usually rewrite), and use each scene, each Character, each line of dialogue, etc., choose details of environment, all to express that single theme clearly, then both the internal-conflict-plot-resolution AND the external conflict-plot-resolution sequences are crystal clear to the reader, and though complex seem simple.
On rewrite, you use THEME to decide what to keep and what to delete. It really is that simple to write a simple plot -- it will be complex, but only other writers or editors will notice that. Readers read it as simple.
It's the same in every art form. Sounding spontaneous takes careful preparation.