A question for all you fiction writers out there: Which comes first in your writing process, characters or plot?
I’ve got remnants of five novels buried under the dust somewhere in this messy old hard drive of mine, and I’ve not yet finished one. I was inspired by an episode of the “Today Show” today and determined to pull these little gems out of storage in hopes of finding a jewel among them that will rocket me to fame and fortune as the newest John Grisham.
(Okay, really, I’ll happily settle for the fortune, heck with the fame.)
I’ve asked the question above in months past and never gotten much response. I know what happens for me, but I’d be very interested in YOUR answer(s) to this “chicken or egg” writing question — characters or plot? How does the process work for you when you want to write a short-story or novel? Or is the process different for you if the project is a short story or a novel?
Leave us a comment and share your thoughts and work process if you would, please.