Sooo...once again, the concensus is that my manuscript is not working. I've got great characters, a weak plot and flimsy structure. Which is usually my problem.
But it's interesting, because S, one of my supercool critique group members, usually develops strong plots first and brings characters to life when revising. On her last manuscript, J did the same thing. Although with her previous work, strong characters came to J first and they helped her build plot later.
This got me thinking about how different people have different methods of getting from A to B. It could be something as simple as my roommates microwaving food when I never touch that machine. Or it could be the crazy way S divides a dinner check, somehow backing into it and zig zagging from A to Z before she gets back to B. And H and I would rather just split it down the middle.
It's all about the approach. And while my characters first, plot later approach is frustrating now, it'll all work out. For me, anyway.
Do you feel you approach things differently than others? If so, how? If not, why not?
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