What's more important to a story: a gripping plot or compelling characters? Literary-minded novelists argue in favor of character-based novels while commercial novelists argue in favor of plot-based stories, but the truth of the matter is this: The best fiction is rich in both. Enter Plot Versus Character. This hands-on guide to creating a well-rounded novel embraces both of these crucial story components. You'll learn to: 1. Create layered characters by considering personality traits, natural attributes, and backgrounds 2. Develop your character's emotional journey and tie it to your plot's inciting incident 3. Construct a three-act story structure that can complement and sustain your character arc 4. Expose character backstory in a manner that accentuates plot points 5. Seamlessly intertwine plot and character to create a compelling page-turner filled with characters to whom readers can't help but relate 6. And much more Filled with helpful examples and friendly instruction, Plot Versus Character takes the guesswork out of creating great fiction by giving you the tools you need to inject life into your characters and momentum into your plots.