Well, as I write, figure stuff out, and do my research, one question comes to mind: Am I writing a plot-driven story, or a character driven story. Most of the time this seems like a simple choice, but I can’t find there balance between the two.
For the record, plot-driven is when events happen to your main character(s), and the MC(s) react to the the plot. Genre stories can (not always) be plot-driven. Melodrama (my fave) is for sure plot-driven–bad things happen to good people.
Conversely, character-driven stories focus on the desire and/or fears of the MC(s)–how the MC(s) react that tells the story. Literary stories are often considered character driven, and many of the the stories are about the character’s journey. The story has an emotional payoff.
Therein lies the problem for me. I like both, but found myself straddling the line between the two in an incomplete way. What this does mean is looking at my work and revising it to be more character-driven. As always, I got rewriting to do, but I like that when I fell off the wagon, i was able to refresh my POV.
As always, happy creative endeavors.