Are you a character- or a plot-driven writer? Reader? What catches your attention when you read? Is it the plot? The characters? Yeah, I totally know in many cases, it’s the writer. I have my own must-buy authors. When I write, my stories are character-driven — the plot blossoms from them, through them, because of them. I don’t force my characters into the plot I have my heart set upon because that just doesn’t work for me. That’s not to say it’s not how it works beautifully for another writer. Yes, I start with a situation/scenario/idea for a plot. I’m not a plotter in most cases, so I wind up with things like the scenario I started writing It’s All Greek to Me: What if two meddling mamas got together and tried to match-make their adult kids…?” I had, obviously, the meddling mama’s, Nick (hero) and Marianne (heroine), and Nick and Marianne bonded together in their resolve not to fall victim to their mothers’ attempts to match-make and how well that doesn’t work for them. I need characters who speak to me as I write, and this how I create them.
This, of course, is not to say the rest of the story elements are not important — they are all equally important. I simply jump off into a story with a brief scenario and the characters to people it.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write. – Somerset Maugham