Tag Archive: plot

A Woman Knight, in the Snow

Start With a Human, Let the World Build Itself

I know a lot of people who love to world-build, and that’s awesome. Some of them can get so far in-depth with their created world that they struggle to start a story. There’s just so much depth in the world that it almost holds this untouchability. But for me, while I love world-building, I’d rather over-create a character.

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An Archer in the Mountains

Or, Start With a World

In my last article I explained how I usually start with a character and then move toward the world. But I don’t always follow that to the letter. Sometimes you have a world in need of a character. This is how I personally handle that setup.

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A man, about to step on a banana peel

Sometimes You Don’t Need a Reason

I don’t know about you, but my life is pretty random. One moment I’m at my desk writing something, the next I’m being attacked by a Husky who wants my attention. Or a 4 year old.

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A guy holding guns in an old building

Character Design: Writing Consistent Characters

One of my biggest pet-peeves in stories is the use of a character to drive the plot the wrong way. You’ll notice it from time to time, if you’re watching for it. It goes like this: an author writes a character one way for the majority of the plot, then, they just change that character. It throws the character under the bus.

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Autumn trees with yellow, gold, and orange leaves

Metaphor: Seasons and Weather

One of the first metaphors I ever learned was that of weather and climate. I think it’s that way for a lot of people because of how readily available the comparison is.

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