During the month of October, as I got ready for NaNoWriMo, I was really rather obsessive about preparing to write my novel and learning more about my craft. Jeff Gerke’s Plot vs. Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction was a perfect companion to my obsession.
I have often felt character development was a weak link in my writing. Gerke’s book provides a practical guide for building fully detailed, well-rounded characters, a meaningful inner journey for both reader and character, and a detailed guide to plotting your action using three-part story structure.
Having read the book, I developed two new characters who are so much richer, more real, and more flawed (one of my personal weaknesses in creating protagonists).
I developed an inner journey/character arc for my main character, Lillianna Violetta, and a three-act story arc using the plot ideas I’d been considering and additional plot ideas inspired by Lilly’s basic nature and the inner journey she must undertake.
It was so fun to begin writing yesterday.
If you are a writer who needs to build either your plotting or characterization skills, this is a book I would highly recommend.
NaNoWriMo Day 1: I wrote 6,241 words.