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Strong Characters but a Weak Plot?Strong Characters but a Weak Plot? by OokamiKasumi
----- Original Message -----
...I have very strong characters, but a very weak plot. While my story is primarily character driven, I feel I feel I put them in a place where there's not much plot, or that the plot itself is uninteresting. How do make my plot stronger? Furthermore, how do I find a balance between plot and characters? Or is it okay that my plot isn't gripping, as long as I have strong, well-developed characters?
What should you do when you have
Strong Characters but a Weak Plot?
First, I think we should clarify what Character-Driven means.
Character-Driven does NOT mean:
A story that focuses on the characters.
-- A story's events happen because the characters choose (or refuse) to make things happen. In other words; the story's Plot is Driven by the events caused by the characters.
Examples of Character-Driven stories:
-- 'Hero' stories where the character volunteers to b
So, You Want a Critique?So, You Want a Critique? by OokamiKasumi
WARNING! Incoming Rant!
A Critique...? Really? Are you sure that's what you want?
From the responses I've gotten on many different forums, and the responses I've seen others get, plus the resulting peanut gallery commentary, I'm not so sure a Critique is what some of you are actually looking for.
Let's start at the beginning.
Do you even know what a Critique actually is?
noun: critique; plural noun: critiques
1. a detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory.
synonyms: analysis, evaluation, assessment, appraisal, appreciation, criticism, review, study, commentary, exposition, exegesis
"a critique of North American culture"
verb: critique; 3rd person present: critiques; past tense: critiqued; past participle: critiqued; gerund or present participle: critiquing
Structure of the GOTHIC TaleStructure of the GOTHIC Tale by OokamiKasumi
What is the difference between a Gothic tale and a Horror story? Intent. Seriously.
Both Horror stories and Gothic tales delve into the realm of emotional trauma such as revenge, abuse, and hate--including, if not especially, sexual trauma. However, the darkness in a Gothic tale is not expressed or defined by graphically detailed, and gruesome, violence as it is in a Horror. Though violence is often featured in the Gothic, it is NOT the main focus of the story. The drama of Despair is the vehicle of the Gothic where a Horror story is driven by the action of Violence.
In a nutshell...
Horror = Action story
Gothic = Drama Story
While both Gothics and Horror are tales of the spiritual and/or psychological reality of the human psyche, Horror stories deal with the monsters that can lurk within our friends and neighbors. Gothics, however, deal with the monsters within ourselves; the hidden, self-destructive side that we don't wan
ACTION Sequences - Plug+PlayACTION Sequences - Plug+Play by OokamiKasumi
Writing ACTION Sequences
The Plug & Play Method
Lets begin with a Review...
The flash of pain exploded in my cheek from the slap her hand lashed out at me.
Why is this wrong?
If you were watching this scene as a movie, that sentence is NOT how you would have seen it happen.
Actual Sequence of events:
1) Her hand lashed out at me in a slap.
2) A flash of pain exploded in my cheek
ACTION Sequences = Chronological Order
REALITY = something happens to you and then you react.
Action > Reaction > Action > Reaction = Chronological order
FICTION = the Plot happens to the characters and then they react.
Action > Reaction > Action > Reaction = Chronological order
If you want the reader to SEE the actions that you are trying to portray, Chronological Order is the ONLY way to write that scene. In other words, if you visualize the characters doing something in a specific
The Wasteland AKA the MIDDLEThe Wasteland AKA the MIDDLE by OokamiKasumi
The Trackless Wasteland known as: The MIDDLE
The middle (of a story) KILLS me. I freeze when I have to decide which way things are going to go, and how, and that happens during the middle for me.
Middle, middle, middle... It's the Slough of Despond!
The Middle is where I usually fizzle out.
The middle is DANGEROUS territory.
Why? Because the Middle of a story is where you have a million-and-one options, a million-and-one directions to choose from, and a million-and-one ways to really show off your writing skills.
The Middle is also, where you have a million-and-one opportunities to really screw up your story for good. Opportunities that will send you spiraling into ever tightening circles that eventually jam you into a corner you can't get out of. In short: get you Lost in your own story.
You KNOW yo
Fishing for INSPIRATION?Fishing for INSPIRATION? by OokamiKasumi
Fishing for INSPIRATION?
Your imagination is a pond that you fish your ideas from. Like any fishing pond, what you catch depends on what you've stocked your pond with and how much you put in there. If you fish for only the occasional idea, your little ideas have time to breed creatively until they overflow the pond, leaping right out into your hand -- and onto your keyboard. If you fish a lot, you will have to restock -- Frequently.
A Dry Pond = Writer's Block
What's in YOUR Imagination?
What do you KNOW?
What do you love to Do, to Study, to Think About, to Talk About...? Make a list of all the things you know well and all the things you've done -- seriously! Mythology, history, any retail jobs you might have had -- anything you might have seen, done, or studied.
WHO do you KNOW?
Have you ever met...?
A real Criminal?
A real Hero?
A real Romantic?
Age: Over 30.
Sex: Yes, please.
Occupation: Professional Author
This the the writer-artist OokamiKasumi from LJ, Yaoi Gallery, LiquidEros, and the LemmaSoft forum. Don't expect too much from me here. Most of my stories and art are way too adult for this place. If you want to see what I can really do, look me up on the other sites.
This account is merely to post my writing Tutorials, search for Photoshop resources, and browse the occasional art piece.
Current Residence: NC, USA
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite style of art: Art Nouveau
Personal Quote: "I can resist anything--but temptation."
...I am wondering, do you want to read the next story I post either here or elsewhere? -- Friendly Amateur Writer
Thank-you for the invitation, but I don't do critiques. I am much, much too harsh a judge of fiction. I've made published authors cry after posting my opinion of their work. Seriously! One NYT's bestselling author still hates my guts. Mainly because her editor told her --on a public forum-- that I was Right.
The other problem is that I Absorb what I read and Use It later, especially if the idea is Good. Worse... I won't remember where the idea came from.
NEVER let a professional author read your unpublished work. All of us are Scavengers looking for a good idea. It's not deliberate! It's just a side-effect of the job.
From Idea to STORY
From Idea to STORY by OokamiKasumi
Continuing on with her popular literature hints and tips series OokamiKasumi gives more excellent advice with From Idea to STORY don't forget to check out the rest of the series! ( Featured by Elandria )
Faery Tale a Visual Novel by OokamiKasumi
The suggester wrote: "This game is well thought out - easy to navigate, fun to play (some quite nice eye candy in there too) and all resource providers have been credited whether off-site or here on DA. The illustrations and layout are beautiful - the storyline(s) are contemporary with a slight macabre sprinkling of what I can only guess is inspired by The Grimm's Fairytales... You'll have hours of fun exploring each storyline and being awe-inspired by the hard work and attention to detail put into creating it."
(Suggested by zememz and Featured by Lyricanna)
The NonVerbal Thesaurus
In her suggestion of The Non-Verbal Thesaurus by OokamiKasumi, PaperDart writes, "Her collection of writing guides are a goldmine for the aspiring author. All of her guides give sound, clear, well reasoned advice, but this guide to using body language in dialogue stood out to me especially as something about which we don't hear enough."
(Suggested by PaperDart and Featured by Memnalar)
GMC - SIMPLIFIED
As this is Project Educate's Resources Week, give GMC - SIMPLIFIED by *OokamiKasumi a read for tips on discovering the goals, motivations, and conflicts of your characters which may impede them, all crucial to fiction writing.
(Featured by GwenavhyeurAnastasia)