It is impossible to separate any character from their environment. Hopefully, that environment has a good story, one with a plot.

Character and PlotThis is why reality TV cannot compete with a good story. The former is meandering, forcing producers to create artificial situations to make the program interesting. An audience wants to see how people react to the situations around them, and how they change because of it.

This is where a plot comes in. The plot makes sure that the story has a point, a direction, and a clear conclusion.

For them to jump into your story, however, it must have a plot that complements  your character. A good plot defines a character, while a good character shapes the plot. Without either, what you have is a documentary, not a movie.

A documentary simply lays out the facts. It does not involve the audience. It simply tells them what happened, and they can take that information or leave it. Because the events described are clinical, the audience cannot immediately relate and jump in. So they don’t, remaining spectators till the end.

A good story, on the other hand, holds our attention because its plot is engaging.

A good war movie does not focus on the entire war itself, for example, but on specific individuals who participate in that war. If we can relate to those characters, then we begin to care about what happens to them. And because we care, we want to watch to the end.

It is important, therefore, to make characters who relate well to the storyline. If your story is set in such a conflict, for example, make the hero a soldier and not an accountant. The latter has no place in such a story, and their presence stretches credulity.