The two main ideas for the plot in 3 WISE MEN were swirling in my imagination for several months before writing began. These ideas were a springboard for a novel but, alone, were not enough – I needed substance for the scaffolding; substance that built characters, locations that fitted the themes, and carefully timed dramatic events. Without its plot, 3 WISE MEN would not have begun; with it, the subsequent twists and turns fell into place! A plot is like an hypothesis in a scientific experiment – it only gets you started.
Conclusion? “A good plot is a good start, but a good novel thickens it!”