Positioning your story

Positioning your story

A Lesson by The Ugly Rose

We always need to know where our feet are, or else we're somewhere in space.


The location that the story is based in can make or break the plot line. Characters can be developed by deciphering where they are, and why they are there. A place can decide the actions of the character, what race they are, what type of person they are, what their customs are, etc. Here are a few questions that should be answered before you go any further:

1. What is the country they are in? (it can be fictional if you'd like)
2. What type of climate does that country have? (this will decide the scenery)
3. What is the town/city/place they are in like? (foliage, buildings, weather, animals, etc)
4. Why are they there?
5. How many other people are there?

By answering these questions, you should be able to picture the place in your head. If you can't pull up a vivid image, then my friend, you have an issue! You should be able to see the foliage, the people milling around, the cobble stoned streets, the small but quaint huts puffing smoke out their chimneys....now THAT'S the type of image you want to be able to see! If you are having trouble seeing it in your mind's eye, take a moment to put better detail into the place. If it is a real place, you should do research! Look up images, history, interesting facts, the type of people that live there, and so on and so forth. Become an expert!

Once you have a scene in your mind, it's time to move on to creating the characters that live in this wonderful world of yours.

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