I'm at a career development conference and one of the topics was literature and knowing what "doorways" people gravitate toward. The "doorways" are: Story (sucked in to whats going on; situations and scenarios you identify with more so than characters, often fantasy/scifi worlds; worldbuilding. i.e. Tolkien, John Scalzi, others) Character (setting is less "important" to you; characters feels real; empathize/sympathize with character; you get upset over character death, etc. i.e. Harry Potter, "Team Edward/Team Jacob") Language classics; poetic; i.e Wuthering Heights, The Color Purple, Catcher in the Rye) Setting (lots of imagery; without the setting, the plot means nothing; i.e. WWII historical romance fiction) Even though this presentation was on the different doorways people gravitate toward to READ.... I couldn't help but think about what doorway I like to write in. Its not to say one of more important over others, for example, just because a novel is story driven doesnt mean it neglects its characters and vice versa. I know I like to read Character and Story driven plots more.... and I think I writing Story driven plots for longer works, and Language for shorter works of fictions. What about you guys? What doorways do you read vs write?