For years I struggled with story. I had great ideas, but somewhere in the process I’d get stuck. The plot points I used to get unstuck would leave holes so big the story would resemble Swiss cheese. The more I tried to repair the damage, the more convoluted the story became.
I keep thinking about the old adage: character is story. But my questions is: when George RR Martin thought about the Fire and Ice trilogy(since expanded to five books), did he say let me write a story about a dwarf, who was despised by his father and siblings and spent his days whoring and drinking his misery away, or did Mr. Martin say, let me tell the story about a Kingdom and a throne that was coveted by many houses?
Writers, what comes first to mind for you when you’re developing a new idea, character or plot? And to the readers out there when you pick you next read, what draws you in and makes you want to buy, a great plot or fantastic characters?