A way with worlds: 36 - The March
by Steven Savage of Seventh Sanctum
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TRAPS TO AVOID:
Aware of change or not, we can end up creating quite a
few traps for ourselves. As I'm big on the "history"
sense of writing, I've seen, analyzed, and even made these
- Don't have things
happen too fast. It's very easy to write stories as
punctuated bursts of activity in the history of the
world, or to have the flow of events overwhelm you.
- As a counterpart, don't
have things happen too slowly. You can eventually end up
with nothing happening.
- Don't try and alter
events to fit particular goals - you can easily destroy
the proper pace of change in your stories.
- Don't step on your
inspiration - being aware of history is a tool to your
writing, not a trap or a snare.
Be aware of history in your world and the pace of change. You'll
find yourself with a more believable world and better stories
and be aware of the vital element that stories are about
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