By day, I’m a mild manner Engineering Technician. Tap root to a team of designers who are ridding Ohio of its old, inefficient gas mains. Researching and updating natural gas pipelines so the people of my fine four-seasoned state can stay warm in the winter time.
At night is when I lose myself.
The Mind’s Eye.
Virtual reality becomes reality, and I am a GOD creating worlds so others may escape chaos by traveling to new places far different, or not so different, than their own. A realm where readers can face impossible odds and still find themselves triumphant. Taking their feelings of achievement from one world and using them to fuel the other.
There is limitless space in The Mind’s Eye. Writers, Artist, and Performers let us not embark on this journey alone. I will be a warm light for my fellow dreamers like my “Senpai” was for me.
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THE SAME.
The Next Level of Blogging Attitude
Some months ago I asked an age-old-question. What’s the difference between a plot-driven story and a character-driven story? You would think that’s an easy question to answer, but it’s not.
The two popular answers I received looked something like this: plot-driven stories emphasize more plot twists, external conflict, and action; and character driven stories emphasize more characterization, inner conflict, and relationships.
In 2008, when I first started taking story telling seriously, I would have accepted those answers and went on about my non-business, but since then, I’ve read more fiction novels, books on storytelling, spoken to writers and other story tellers, so those two popular answers don’t sit well with me now. I’m not saying the responses are wrong, but those two definitions remind me of failed stories in both categories. The bestselling novels emphasize both definitions in both categories (I think). The difference between plot-driven stories and character-driven stories (Successful ones) is the stakes (I think). High stakes and crises are woven into the protagonist’s goal of plot-driven stories, but not in character-driven stories.
Now the question is do high stakes or larger than life crises drive stories?
I’m not sure. At this point, I don’t believe they do; I’m still researching the matter. Is it possible that high stakes and crises “help” to create an intense thrill ride?
As for, plot-driven vs. character-driven, it seems that many, if not all, successful stories have their fair share of characterization, inner conflict, relationship building, plot twists, external conflict, and action; give or take a few characteristics from story to story.