As I work on Real Stakes again I am once more impressed by how difficult I have made it for myself because of the starting point. It began with a plot.
Obviously I need a plot.
But my style is strongest, most natural, and most effective when I begin with character. When I was honing my craft with mystery and crime shorts that will likely mostly remain forever imprisoned in the AmoebaQuest folder on my computer, I started with a plot. When I wrote my first novels (sci-fi and fantasy), I began with setting. When my writing started to find itself in experimental fiction and edgy scoring, it was all begun with character.
As I have gone on to mature in psychological suspense, it still works best that way. My interest is in the people and their development. Ennui and Malaise started with a character, voice, and a development arc. Every time I sit down at it, it flows well and at a high quality. I am now in my third overhaul of Real Stakes.
Because I am adding characters to a plot, and that is not my best way of working.
How about other writers out there? Where do you start? Do you find it matters or not?
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