A YAAGroup member asked this question: What does a character-driven story mean? One of the things YAAGroup provides is “Ask Izzy.” It’s a place for members to ask questions. Izzy answers their questions. We thought we’d give you part of her answer.
There are lots of things to think about when starting to write a story–the idea, the plot, the characters. But what makes a story good is having a character people want to read about. A character you want to keep visiting and follow throughout an entire book. Is your character someone readers cares about? Will the reader remember your character long after they put down your book? Is your character driving the reader to finish the story? If they are doing all those things, then you have a character-driven story.