Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

August 1, 2009

What Drives Your Fiction Story

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 1:27 PM

In Christopher Booker’s book, “The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories” he lists, obviously, seven basic plots. They are:

1. Overcoming the monster
2. Rags to riches
3. A journey – the quest
4. A journey – the voyage and return
5. Comedies
6. Tragedies
7. Rebirth

You may or may not agree with him. You’ll have to read his book. My question is, “What drives your fiction story?”

Is it Character driven?

Plot driven?

Event Driven?

Something else entirely?

Take the poll and tell us.



  1. Hi Frank,
    Great website, will anxiously await CYBERKILL…sounds great.
    My plots are always character driven. I have just completed a classic southern literary, with five or more characters, the entire plot is character driven, although several characters are doing the “driving”….they all have their voices.

    Stephen King said that every character thinks he’s the big “cheese” and this is true. Aspiring writers will do well to remember this. It’s all about the characters.

    Keep up your great work,

    emails to

    Comment by Peggy Mercer — August 2, 2009 @ 9:44 AM | Reply

    • Thanks Peggy. That’s one vote for character- and big one from King.

      Comment by Frank Fiore — August 2, 2009 @ 10:32 AM | Reply

  2. hi Frank,
    great question….I’m not sure. I think mine is character driven. Its about a pony who is up for sale cuz his owner has outgrown him. The story is told from the POV of the pony and his new friend at the horse show. Its much more challenging then I thought it would be to write fiction. Non fiction seems really simple now.

    Comment by Edna Wilson — September 2, 2009 @ 3:03 PM | Reply

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