I know I haven't said much about this new story that I'm working on. I'm afraid to reveal too much in case I change my mind and have to play with the details. But I've told you about Audrey and Nate. You've probably inferred that Nate plays on the Columbus Blue Jackets once I mentioned the setting.
The first few chapters of any of my stories are usually spent introducing the characters. To me, my characters are the most important part of my stories. That's just part of who I am; I love people's stories, so naturally I love imagining up people and giving them stories. When I write, that it what I want to convey: the characters, and their stories.
The plot is important because characters reveals their traits and personality through their reactions to what happens around them or, maybe more truthfully, their actions and deeds.
Once the characters are established, that's when the plot starts to develop.
All that being said, the plot is what dictates how the story itself is categorized. Sure, my characters have romantic interests and relationships, but that does mean I write romance stories? I don't like to think so. In fact, I don't like to get pigeon-holed at all. As I've stated, I like to write character-based stories. People are constantly falling in and out of love as they navigate through life and figure out the best course of action to obtain happiness.
I'm still not sure exactly where I want this story to go. What's in store for Nate and Audrey, individually and/or together? What obstacles will come their way, and can they clear the hurdles? I haven't quite figured that out yet, but the deeper that I delve into their characters and their mettles, the closer I am to finding out.