In honor of my niece being born today, this blog post will be devoted to birth! But not just any birth — the birth of characters.
Who comes first? The character or the story?
For me it’s an even mix of both. For the first novel I ever wrote, the storyline came first. The characters and protagonists came almost right along with it. I think that the protagonist and the story come hand in hand. I mean, you almost need the protagonist for the progression of the plot, or you need the plot for the progression of the protagonist.
But what about those times where you say: You know what would make an awesome story? If this happened to someone. Or other times where you think: This would make an AMAZING character. Now I just need to put him somewhere.
Which one normally happens first to you? Or do they both come together?