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How to Write Great Plot and Character Arcs

As both a writer and a reader, one of the most common debates I see is based on a preference of which type of story you prefer: plot driven or character driven? But in the end, I always felt like it was a trick question, and the best answer is actually both! If a story has a high concept, original plot but doesn’t have a character to pull the reader through and make it count, it doesn’t have the same impact as a story with interesting or relatable characters. Likewise, even the best, most interesting or fun characters don’t connect with readers much if they’re acting in a floating space with no story happening. To avoid falling into one of these two extremes of focusing on either plot or character, one of the biggest things I work on with coaching writers and my developmental clients, is to ensure their plot and character are woven together in a cohesive story

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