Tag Archives: story

Plot vs. Character: Save the eggs; torch my metaphor

“If your story was a house on fire, what would you run in and save?” Brad Bird ~ Writer/Director (Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible – Ghost Patrol) Plot vs. Character? No doubt in my mind, I’d save the characters.  Here’s why:  character drives plot.  The “stuff” of story, the desire that drives choices and actions […]

Character vs. Plot: The Chicken or the Egg?

The simple answer to whether plot or character is more important is that it depends on what genre you’re talking about. If you write literary fiction, character is king. The plot is secondary. But I don’t write literary fiction. In genre fiction, specifically urban fantasy for me, both are of equal importance. A great plot […]

A Strange Mash-up

To quote the Zen Master Lucas in the 1995 movie Empire Records: “Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear.” Ok, so he wasn’t really a Zen Master, but he makes a valid point. It’s hard for writers to answer the “where do your ideas come from” question because they are like any ideas. […]

About the Cafe Blog

Hello! We’re the Confabulator Cafe, a group of writers based in Kansas (with one in Texas) at various points in writing careers. Some of us have already been published or are about to be, some of us are ready to start sending query letters to publishers and agents, some of us just plain enjoy writing. […]