• What's Most Important to You?,  Writing

    What’s Most Important to You? (4)

    So, we’ve come to the last post in our series about what’s important to you as a reader and/or writer, when you are experiencing stories.  And we’ve come to the feature that is the most important to me…characters! Yes, characters. I love a good set of characters. And for me, characters are by far the thing that makes or breaks a story for me. Great setting, beautiful writing, wicked plot, boring or bland characters? Not going to keep me interested. But amazing characters in a world without a terribly vivid setting or much of a plot…I am perfectly fine with that! My favourite stories tend to be ones with only…

  • What's Most Important to You?,  Writing

    What’s Most Important to You? (3)

    Last week I made a couple of posts about what is important to you in stories, as a reader and/or writer. I broadened and narrowed the field into four general aspects of stories: Writing, Plot, Setting, and Characters. And now we’ve come to the aspect that is, for me, the least important. Setting. Some people absolutely have to have great settings. They need a vivid world, detailed description, and a firm sense of being grounded in the placement of the story. And that’s great! But that’s not me. I, honestly, don’t really care about setting. I mean, I don’t think I’d enjoy a story about people sitting in nothing with…

  • What's Most Important to You?,  Writing

    What’s Most Important to You? (2)

    So, in post 1 of this series, I talked about writing style and its importance to you as a reader and/or writer. And it’s interesting to see that this matters a lot, or very little, depending on the reader. Which I think is probably true for all of these aspects. Today, I’m going to talk about plot. This is the other middle-ground aspect of stories for me. I think that in many ways plots can truly be the heart of a story, and the main purpose of the tale. It’s the quest, the action, the driving force, the motion. I am a huge fan of fairy-tales, and, aside from morals,…

  • What's Most Important to You?,  Writing

    What’s Most Important to You? (1)

    I like delving into the depths of what I enjoy both as a reader and a writer, and I want to see things from your perspective, too. So, I’m asking a question. What is the most important thing for you in a story? Now, I know there are thousands of little things that can make or break a story, and sometimes you like a story and can’t even explain why. But for the purposes of this discussion, I’m going to break down the question into four categories, and write a different post for each one. The categories are: Writing, Plot, Setting, and Characters. Today, I’m starting with Writing. And by…