While I understand that Plot is a very vague topic, I am doing a study on what makes a great novel, and was hoping that few seasoned writers could point me in the right dirrection. I am nearing the end of my research, I've just finished my notes on characters, and I know how fundamental they are in the conflict. But, as for the whole plot... are their important things I should know? Or is it more of, as long as I know the characters the plot should piece together nicely? This is something that has irked me for quite some time. I just want to have firm grip of what I might be getting into, and so far, when asking questions, specifically about conflict, other writers just tell me to know the character and go with the flow. But is going with the flow neccessarily the right thing... if somebody could show me a light, or give me some focus areas, that would be very much appreciated. Thanks.