The Audience Will Forget Your Plot But Not Your Characters – Jack Grapes

Jack Grapes, Artist, Writer, Author, Instructor: I saw another guy eat the white without touching the yolk, never touched the yolk until all he had was the yolk in the center of the plate and then he took his fork and he slid it under the yolk, picked it up.

Film Courage: We don’t care about plot, we care about the human being in the story?

Jack: Yeah, the human being is what matters. If the reader doesn’t care about the human being, they could care less about the plot. Everybody tries to come up with plot. I mean plot’s important and I could do a whole lecture on the difference between plot and story, there is a difference. Story is the chronological sequence of the events. A plot is how you arrange the sequences and sometimes you don’t always start at the beginning and go to the end. Sometimes you start at the end and then you go to the beginning and then you go to the middle. Then you have a flashback. Plot is much different than story but when you’re writing a story or your plot if the human, if the protagonist, whether it’s first person or third person, if the reader doesn’t care about that character, why would they care about the plot…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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Jack Grapes is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor, teacher, and the editor and publisher of ONTHEBUS, one of the top literary journals in the country. He has won several publishing grants and Fellowships in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s also received nine Artist-in- Residence Grants from the California Arts Council to teach writing in various schools throughout Los Angeles. He is the author of 13 books of poetry, including TREES, COFFEE, AND THE EYES OF DEER, and BREAKING DOWN THE SURFACE OF THE WORLD. A spoken-word CD, Pretend, was recently issued by DePaul University. He is also author of a chapbook of poems and paintings titled AND THE RUNNING FORM, NAKED, BLAKE. His most recent publication is LUCKY FINDS, a boxed set of 50 cards that extend and parody the dynamic artistic productions of high-modernist poets such as Ezra Pound and Charles Olson. For more information on Jack’s classes, please visit here.


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