Hello Storycrafters! I’m writing today from my home town of Melbourne, Australia. It’s the first time I’ve been home for five years, which is lovely, but it is tempered a little by the fact that I am here to settle in my cat with my dear friend who will look after her for us while we’re in Thailand. Bringing her into Thailand would be simple but, at 17years old now, we don’t want to put our cat through the 6mths she would have to spend alone in Singapore, in two years time, before Australia will let her back in the country 🙁 Obviously, I won’t be able to host #storycraft this week, both because I have manners 🙂 and because I don’t have the tech available (I wrote most of this post before I left home and I really can’t host #storycraft from my Blackberry!)
Though I put #storycraft on “official” hiatus, until the new time change on September 4th, when (all things going smoothly) I should be hosting for the first time from Bangkok, @CDominiqueG has offered to “unofficially host” while I’m mucking around moving. Dominique’s offer is a gracious one and, since coming up with topics which can prompt at least an hour of chatting is a big part of the job, I told her that I would post a Storycraft starter for her, which she can use, or not, or save for next week. Dominique has popped in and out since the beginning of Storycraft, has stepped in as defacto host when I’ve been sick or away before, so I’m sure you will know her and that she knows the main rules of storycraft: No ‘biz’ talk, just ‘craft’ and no promotion/advertising during the chat, so whatever topic she uses, I know she’ll be great!
This chat starter comes from the Wordplay blog in the form of a guest post by author David Baboulene, who discusses the issue of plot as character and vice versa. This is a topic which often comes up in #storycraft and it seems that this is not a hypothesis universally accepted, so I thought it should make for a good chat!
Here is Baboulene’s introduction:
Plot is character, and character is plot, because as soon as a character takes a meaningful action, his action is driving your plot (whether you like it or not). Conversely, as soon as an event happens which elicits a meaningful reaction from your character, then his true character begins developing in the eyes of the audience (whether you like it or not).
For the rest you’ll have to duck over here. You will find a well argued case, and one that has a structure which should be able to take you right through #storycraft. I will declare that I was in his camp before I read it, so I will be interested to see how those who are not of the same mind address each of his points, and I’ll be sure to read the transcript as soon as I can. I’m sure that #storycrafters of differing opinions will allow each other the chance to put their case – and make it an easy hosting job for Dominique!
Once again, thank you to @CDominiqueG and to all of you for your good wishes and patience while I do my “expat wife” thing again. Thailand should be 2 whole years rather than 18mths (as the last 3 assignments have been) so it will be a while till it happens again! 🙂