‘You can have the greatest plot ever thought of and it will die a death unless readers, first of all, care about your characters. You can see soap operas making this mistake in recent years resulting in tumbling ratings; dramas which used to emphasise strong characters are now relying too heavily on plot. Worse still, even the plots are going out of the window in favour of mere events; a car crash, a murder, a jilting at the alter, a love child… All this leads to nothing but melodrama. And melodrama gets you into the law of diminishing returns; next week you need a bigger car crash, a bloodier murder, a double jilting at the alter… All you really need to do is build up a few interesting, believable characters; you could just have them sit in a room talking and viewers would love them. JK’
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