Bruce says plot and character are inextricably linked. You can't talk about plot without talking about character. You can't talk about character without talking about plot.
Bruce is a plot writer.
The best story telling energy has a bridge between male and female storytelling energy.
A great ending is both a surprise and inevitable. It is not a coincidence.
You can use a coincidence to start a story. The further along the coincidence occurs, the less believable it is.
What is a good story? Three thing Bruce loves to find in a story and also tries to put them in his own work. He likes to call them: Ha, Wah, and Yikes.
- A belly laugh
- A tear
- A gasp of surprise
If all three are in a story, the reader is bound to be satisfied.
Story recipe: Take somebody you like and get them in trouble.
By asking questions and inventing scenes that answer those questions you write a story.
Stories happen when characters have to choose. Make your character make a tough choice. Your character's need will drive the action.
Plot happens when desire meets obstacle.
If you've never heard Bruce Coville speak and you get the opportunity, don't hesitate for a second.