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Some ways to broaden your stories
Posted by Chris
Happy to be writing again, I thought it’d be a fun thing to share some of my thoughts and methods (some new to me, some I already knew). Here are 3 of those thoughts and suggestions.
Suggestions on broadening the setting of your:
1. Landscapes matter.
Don’t be afraid to add some paragraphs here and there to describe how the environment changes as your characters move through the space. This helps paint the picture in your readers minds, but also makes the setting feel more real and grounded (even in a fantasy setting!)
2. Use and reuse extra characters
You likely have a cast of characters that the story is being told about. Heroes, villains, side characters, and more. Maybe keep some interesting extras to throw around to keep the world changing but still feel familiar. Maybe you had a rude grumpy person who knocked your hero off their feet. It can be a fun nod to bring them back in an unexpected way, or even in the same way but after so much in the heroes journey has changed them they still have normal rude people in their lives…
3. Don’t be afraid to make new characters that are for the setting more than the plot
I’m a big proponent of making everything in a story relevant to the plot. Yet you know, the setting, the place the story takes place in, is relevant to the plot so if it helps breathe life into the world, go for it. I’m hoping to be better at this one for sure, so look for it in the next series 😉
That’s all for now, as always, may God bless you and keep you.
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Tags: Advice on writing, author, Basics of writing, Building immersive stories, Creativity, Editing, Fiction