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Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction 1st Edition
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About the Author
Jeff Gerke is an author of fiction and nonfiction including such books as the Operation: Firebrand novels. He has worked as an editor for numerous publications and is the founder of Marcher Lord Press, an indie publishing company dedicated to producing the finest in Christian science fiction, fantasy, and other wonderfully weird genres. www.marcherlordpress.com and www.wherethemapends.com
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The title of this book is designed to suck you in and then surprise you with the idea that both Plot and Character are crucial to a well rounded book. I'm happy the community is finally recognizing that while many books that do one or the other well can be fun, it's the books that do both well that become transcendent.
I found the character construction to be the most useful and innovative part of this book. Many books give you a checklist of questions to answer (favorite wine, name of childhood dog) all of which might be useful to keep your facts straight but really doesn't go beyond clothing the character. Jeff Gerke's approach of using the Myers-Briggs personality to get at the heart of your main characters really made me think a lot harder about characters that I already knew a lot about. How would this person react in this scenario has a whole lot more to do with their character (pun intended) than their childhood dog.
I found the plot section of the book less helpful but that's because I found K.M. Weiland's books and blogs last year and they make a lot of sense to me. Much of the content is quite similar. Gerke uses a different definition of ACT 1 & 2 and he rejects the more structure approach but ultimately their character arcs and plot arcs cover the same ground. If you read Gerke first you might find K.M. Weiland to be repetitious.
I wish I'd had this book sooner...but then I might not have been as ready to read it.
I recommend this book highly.