Developing Character-Driven Plot Points + Camp NaNo Update

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Welcome back, Scribblers! It's been a while since we last talked, but I'm back and better than ever! Today we're going to be talking about plot points, and my personal experience with Camp NaNoWriMo so far! Read on, and enjoy <3


 

So, first we need to set some terms straight. For people who don't know what a character-driven plot looks like, it's essentially a type of story that focuses on the emotions of the characters, rather than a high concept plot.

This type of story usually shows more of a character development, as opposed to a grand scheme or problem that must be resolved by the end of the book. Character-driven plots can be found in books based on real life, or in other words, nonfiction novels. That is because in fiction, there is so much world-building and fantasy aspects that lead the reader's attention away from the character's backstories. I'm not saying that they're not included at all, but usually in a high fiction novel, the story revolves around a plot that keeps the readers engaged and not confused by everything that's going on around the characters.



An example of a plot-driven story could be Six Of Crows (my current read) because the story is centred around a heist, in a fantasy world created by Leigh Bardugo. Spoiler alert, I love everything about the book and think it's a masterpiece. But, we're not doing a book review. (comment if you do want to read one, I'd love to know!)








Now that we've understood the differences, we need to understand a plot point, which is basically the worst thing that can happen to the story and/or characters. It includes your character's desires, loves, and fears that drive and dictate your plot. Pretty important, right? Well, if you're wondering what some good plot points are for a character-driven story, here are some great questions to start with:


  • What does your character think they want the most, and why can't they have it?

  • Who/what do they love most? What do they have to lose to get it?

  • What is their fatal character flaw?

  • What are they afraid of? What is their biggest fear?

  • What is the best thing that could happen to them? How can they make it happen?

  • What are the worst things that could happen to them? How can they avoid them?

These are some key plot points that you should think about in a character-driven story (I keep highlighting this because these are not relative to a plot-driven story).

Now, make sure you know that not all the above answers will play an equal role in the plot. It really depends on the specific story in question. Just remember that a good main character always has a weakness, and you should harness that to keep the story moving forward. It's also important to note that these answers can and should change throughout the story, because the biggest development in a character-driven story is the growth of the said character(s). Without it, you're essentially just writing a plot-driven story. Just remember not to confuse one for the other, and stick to one type. (Character-driven or Plot-driven)

 

Before I end this post, I just wanted to give you Scribblers a heads-up of my progress with Camp NaNoWriMo 2021! If you didn't already know, this is my first time participating in NaNoWriMo ever, and it's going really well! For the past week, I've been writing an average word count of 1500 words, which is a good pace for my end goal of 50,000 words! Things are looking good, but I'm not going to jinx it and break my streak either (*crosses fingers*).


Anyways, check out my previous post to know EVERYTHING you need to know about camp this year, and some super helpful tips that you won't find anywhere else! To recap, here is a survival kit that you should keep with you for the month of April:

  • Notebooks

  • Calendar/planner with an overview of the month

  • Stickers/sticky notes for tracking your progress on the calendar (I personally use a journal and jot down my progress there every night, but it's totally up to you!)

  • Multiple pens (in case one runs out)

  • Healthy snacks for writing sessions (make sure they aren't sticky ones though!)

  • Sweets and treats for daily rewards (like lollipops, or chocolate!)

  • Rewards for reaching weekly targets and successful completion! I like to finish my session with some granola bites and a warm cup of coffee :)

credit goes to soggymusings.wordpress.com and samanthaproctor.com


Well, you've reached the end of this post! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me through the website :) And if you found any of this helpful, leave a comment and let me know! Also tell me what you'd like to see next!! See you in the next post, Scribblers <3



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