Understand Anger: World Building

Photo Credit: Jim McDermott Character anger can tell you a great deal about her relationship with her world – particularly the traditions and values of the group she is presently immersed in. When anger is used to deepen world development, it is important to remember that your character probably won’t feel that there is threat/ […]

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Understand Anger: Character development

Photo Credit: AndytheLemon Understanding character anger can help you develop your character. Now, I’m not suggesting that you should make an angry character (or that you shouldn’t). But what makes your character angry can give you insight into that character’s present situation, backstory, current wound/flaw/weakness, and other character traits. (Developing relationships and character arcs are […]

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Understand Anger: Uncover Character Motives and Story Goals

Photo Credit: Mirror of Good and Evi lby AntonellaB For our purposes this month, anger is a signal that something is wrong in the character’s life. That “something is wrong” means something needs to change. Discover what needs to change and you find internal conflict, external conflict, and maybe even your story goal. Ideally, there […]

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Exploiting Anger for Story Development

  How do you think of anger? Society tends to depict it as something to be avoided but can any emotion really be avoided? We can suppress it, channel it, express it, learn from it… This month focuses on learning from character anger. We’ll look at how to exploit long-term issues in the next two […]

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World Building: Fantasy Elements

The fantasy and sci-fi genres may – more than any other genre – allow you to explore people, themes, and issues in larger-than-life scenarios. While world building is an important part of any story, it is especially important to the fantasy and science fiction story. A fantastic world is part of these genre’s appeal. These […]

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World Building: Religion

      The world you write can be enriched through the existence of multiple religions. Especially in fantasy, religions allow you to emphasize and explore beliefs and questions about existence. Religion can also be a unifying or divisive element in your writing. It can be a tool to illuminate a character’s deeply personal life. It can […]

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World Building: Government

      I assume you know the different types of government that have appeared thoughout history. You’ve probably even chosen one for several of your peoples. The decision seems easy on the surface but the effects of this choice are often overlooked. The life of someone living in a theocracy is vastly different from someone living […]

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