Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chicken v. Egg

What comes first, the plot or the character?

I'm a characters first writer myself. I know who my story is about before I know what it is about. And this again contributes to my slower writing, because I have to hang out with these people for a while before I know what they are really doing out in their respective worlds.

My closest friends are usually people I've known for months or years before I really developed a relationship with them. My characters appear to be the same way. Still surprising me, still revealing layers even after years of telling their stories. I am not a fan of character sketches and plot outlines for that very reason. I don't really know a lot of details about my characters until I've seen them in action.

So, how do you get started on a new project - with the plot or the characters?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Love, love, love first drafts

And making playlists for them. Here's the first song on for my new YA paranormal anti-romance.