The importance of setting
A story's *setting* is the time and place of the story.
Examples of settings:
- A middle-class Cincinnati suburb (present-day)
- Paris during the French Revolution
- The magical land of Narnia
The details of your story's setting create a world where your character can move around and the conflict can unfold.
Everything your character sees and touches depends on the setting. Your character's house, the clothes she wears, the secret shortcut she takes through the woods, the rain sprinkling down on her -- all of this depends on the story's setting
How to get setting ideas
How do you choose a story's setting?
You can choose the setting because it's familiar to you, or because it's interesting, or because it adds something specific to your story's conflict.
You can also use your characters to get setting ideas. Here are some questions to help.
Character Setting Questionnaire:
- What kind of home and neighborhood did you imagine for your character?
- What are some of the items in your character's refrigerator? What's on your character's bookshelves? Is there anything under your character's bed? What's in your character's night table drawers?
- Where has your character lived in the past? What kind of environment do you think your character grew up in?
- What are your character's cultural roots?
- What kind of schools did your character attend?
- Did your character ....
Why you need a conflict
A story conflict is a problem facing the main character. This problem might be a romantic rival or a horde of attacking zombies. It might be an internal struggle; for example, the character has to overcome a particular fear or a bad habit.
Here are some examples of story conflicts:
- Mary falls in love with the perfect man, but she's already married to someone else.
- John wants to be president of his high school class, but he is terrified of public speaking.
- Harry Potter has to save the world from the evil wizard Voldemort.
Conflict is important because it makes things happen. If everything in your character's life is perfect, there is no reason for her to take action. There is no reason for anything to change. And no change equals no story.
The keys to effective conflict
If readers care about the result of your story conflict, they will keep reading to find out what happens.
What makes readers care?
1) The result of the conflict matters a lot to your character.
2) The readers identify with your character -- in other words, readers imagine themselves in your character's place.
A *viewpoint character* is a character whose perspective is used to tell the story. Readers see the story through that character's eyes, experiencing what that character experiences.
Readers tend to identify with the viewpoint character and feel as if they're resolving the ....
Elements of a storyThere are three elements that a story needs: a character, a setting, and a conflict.
A piece of writing is not a story unless something happens in it. If nothing happens, the piece might be a description or an article or a philosophical discourse, but not a story.
In a story, something has to happen. It happens to someone (a *character*), and it happens somewhere (*a setting*).
A *conflict* -- or problem -- is what makes something happen.
How story ideas are born
Authors generally start with one of three elements (character, setting, or conflict) and use the one chosen to come up with the other two. There's no right or wrong order to this process.
An idea for a conflict (for example, high school bullying), can lead both to character ideas (Who's the bully? What motivates him? Who are the victims? How will they respond?) and also to setting ideas (What kind of school do these characters attend? Where is this school located? Is it a rough public school, a snooty private one?).
An idea for a setting (for example, a Mississippi cotton plantation just before the Civil War) can lead to conflict ideas (slaves forcibly separated from their children), and character ideas (a pregnant slave willing to risk her life to keep her unborn child).
Or an idea for a character (for example, a woman who is obsessed with neatness) can lead to conflict ideas (....
Okay, so because of the Terms Of Service this is probably not allowed but imma do it anyway.
Imma tell you all about my pledging of faith and how I swore Allegiance to Satan.
Okay, to start I want to point out, as a satanist im not fully against other religions and this isnt supposed to offend, just inform of my way of life.
To begin you must bathe before the ritual, out of respect for what you would be about to do and after the bath you begin preperations, you need a small piece of white paper, with a dark Sigil of ONA on it. aswell as multiple black, blue or red candles (never white), a sheathed blade and the room you are performing the ritual in has to be dim with a purple ONA on a black background in a prime position, facing Lucifer (north).
Next you need to be wearing a dark robe, or the darkest clothes you can find, but not covering your face or left hand.
To begin the ritual lay out the candles, creating a shrine to the purple ONA, with a small flameproof container holding the paper ONA in your hand.
Having the prayer memorized isnt mandatory but many believe it is neccessary. The prayer is as follows;
Before the almighty and ineffable God Satan/Lucifer and in the presence of all Demons of Hell, who are the True and the Original gods, I, (state your full name) renounce any and all ....