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Do You Plot With Your Character In Mind?
by Georgina Stath   

Last edited: Sunday, October 06, 2002
Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2002

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As you plot the events in the story, simultaneously build your character. Cross-reference what you have written about your character and the situation he is in. Do they correspond?

You are plotting the story. You write down what will happen, what
problems will arise, what obstacles you will place so the character
won't reach his goals immediately, what he's going to do to overcome
these problems etc...

So all these things will be happening to your character since it's his story
we are telling.

Does it make sense then to have your character in mind as you plot
these things?

It does. Because it will depend, based on the type of person he is,
how he will face these problems, what he will feel, what he will think,
what he will do.

Different types of personalities make up our world. Some people
worry too much, so whatever problems come along, they will
worry with the same intensity.

Other people view the lighter side of life. Minor problems do not affect
them as largely as major problems. To some challengers are welcome - they
thrive on them. To others, challengers are viewed with fear and uncertainty.

As you're plotting the events of your story they have to correspond
with the type of personality your character possesses.

What happens when you plot without thinking of your character?

He will act 'out of character.' He will do, say, think, feel things that
don't suit his personality.

For instance...

If your character is a worrier and you place him in a situation
where he doesn't worry, then that's making him act according
to how you want him to act in your plot.

You're manipulating him to suit your plot - You're not writing
with his personality in mind.

As you plot the events in the story, simultaneously build your

Cross-reference what you have written about your character and the
situation he is in.

Do they correspond?

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