Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Plot and Conflict

When we pick up a book in a bookstore or library, what are we looking for in a good read? Compelling characters? Exciting adventures? Exotic settings? An original and fresh idea?

Do we want a biography of some notorious criminal? Or perhaps an autobiography of our favorite historical figure?

Do we want a mystery or thriller? Fantasy? Western? Science Fiction? Family saga? Romance? Horror? Do we want a blend of styles and genres? Do we want James Patterson, John Grisham, Jane Austen, or Stephen King? Danielle Steel, perhaps? How about J.K. Rowling, Tony Hillerman, Nora Roberts, or Robert Ludlum?

Whatever your passion as a reader, there are stories to accommodate every taste.

As a writer, whatever style or genre, whether you are a NYT best selling author, or a struggling newbie just learning the ropes, every story must have the elements of plot and conflict. Without the drama of a plot, without the tension of conflict -- there is no story.

Every character must struggle with questions, problems, mysteries beyond their control. They strive to uncover clues, discover answers, maybe even fall in love. As readers, we hope to escape into other worlds created by talented authors. As writers, we continue to strive to make our words flow with powerful stories, exciting plots, nail-biting tension, and unforgettable characters.

Discover your passion! :)

3 comments:

Dell said...

I love reading, but can't always find the perfect book. That's one reason I write: I'm always trying to write that one book that will become my perfect read. Hopefully one with a decent plot and suitable conflict, enough to interest an audience.

Cynthia Sherrick Mitchell said...

Thanks for your comment, D. I hope you find that perfect read, and if not you've already written one that's pretty darn close. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Cynthia! I love a good read. If a book doesn't hold my interest, I won't keep going, I'll look for another. Your book, Summer Light, definitely held my interest. Good for you! Keep writing with passion! ;)
Love, Laurie