Are you a plotter or a pantser? Katherine Tegen Books executive editor Claudia Gabel put "character" and "plot" in a cage fight in her breakout session about actions that speak as loudly as words. And the winner? Well — it's a draw. They need to be equals.
She went on to stress the importance of outlines and did her best to convert pantsers to plotters -- at least to the extent that writers consider an outline as a map or blueprint for where they're going. With tips and examples, she made a strong case that what most readers remember about a story, long after "the end," is not voice, perhaps not even character, but what happens. Take note.