I love to write, particularly fantasy pieces. I wrote this wonderful story last year during SoCNoC which I called Medusa’s Garden, but strangely I have struggled with it since I wrote it. I should have really, it is a great story – well to me it is. But there was something about it that just hasn’t quite clicked.
Until I read Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell. He clearly defines Character Driven and Plot Driven stories. This is what he says:
“Character Driven Stories – often implies a slower story with less action and more interior work.
Plot Driven Stories – heavy on the action and light on character work.”
This is a bit of a thunderbolt. I have given Medusa out to people to read, and they probably think I am such a novice writer, yet I am not. It is just that Medusa is a Character based story, focusing on the change within the person, whereas Chrystias, KQ&N are fantasy stories which are Plot driven. I have had much more positive critique on KQ&N, so I have decided to put aside Medusa for now, and focus on something that is positive and good and work with that, and when I have the know-how, I will come back to Medusa’s Garden and make it stronger.
I think the bloody Gothic Novel is a combination of both, as it doesn’t really seem to have too much issue with it, and I am slowly working my way through this too, only because I am cautious about it being Character Driven, but the more I read, the more I believe it is a lovely blend of Character and Plot driven.
So now I know what the problem is, it shouldn’t be too hard to fix, right? Wrong. I have a little bit more research to do, and perhaps a visit to Greece to get a feel for the place might be in order… perhaps I need to buy a lotto ticket…