When it comes down to it, history will prove to be one of the most important elements in your story telling. It intertwines with both character development and world building. You have to know how your character was raised to understand why they act the way they act. Typically, someone born as a peasant is not going to act privileged unless they are a brat. Two girls are born in the same castle, one walks around as if she owns the world, the other is humble and kind. Why are they different? The humble one spent most of her time with the servants because she was always fascinated by the animals and preparing meals. The other one spent most of her time by her mother’s side because she was fascinated by anything that sparkled or seemed to be valuable.
History is important for this reason. I was raised in a Christian environment. I attended church my entire life. When I am talking with others, I often have to remember this is not everyone’s default normal. Everyone around me does not automatically understand the phrases and terms I am use to people using. This is an important factor to keep in mind when writing your story.
For this reason, I suggest to surround yourself with other authors who come from different backgrounds. They will help identify areas within your story which might seen “normal” for you but are not the norm for everyone.
Tip of the Day: History is vital to the present.
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