Part 8: Character Bonds and Repitition

Dear Reader,

So this week’s chapter is about something I recently realized in my writing. When I was writing, I felt like there was something missing, which is common because I will always think that there is a way to make my writing better. But this was something that was leaving a gap in the story that I needed to fill. It was something that didn’t affect the plot, but did affect the realism of the story.

Backstory: When I first developed the story, I took into account that my characters would fall in love or become good friends, or develop some sort of relationship and that this would affect the plot. I took this into account, and I made sure that some things, like sacrifices or risks, occurred because of these bonds.

I wrote the entire first draft before I realized what I was doing wrong. Well, not wrong exactly; there is no wrong way to write. Here’s what it was: I was showing how strong the bonds between my characters were, but I wasn’t showing the littles things.

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Part 7: Realism

Dear Reader,

So I was reading the Hunger Games again because I wanted to remind myself what good writing Suzanne Collins uses, when I realized what I was missing from my writing sometimes. ANd what could this mystical answer to all my problems be? Realism.

This is going to apply to your writing if you feel like you might be pulled into the story, but it isn’t real enough. It feels more like a dream that has a plot. You don’t realize that these characters are just like you and me, and the world those characters live in feels just like a figment of your imagination.

It’s not that your story isn’t realistic, which most of them aren’t,  it’s that you haven’t used realism in your writing. It’s that you haven’t forced this idea to really come to life.

Okay, so that’s the problem, but how do I fix it?

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