Plot, Setting

World-building: Do Special Events Add Realism to The World?

Do I need special traditions or events in my book? Is it useless or would it impact my plot?

Today we’re going to be looking at how traditions/events help or might not help your story world.

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Events You Might Know:

 

Some of these are small events in the book (like the Dusk Day in Five Kingdoms which, although small, helped you see how mysterious the Outskirts are), while others (all other examples above) are huge events that the story could not proceed without. 

And all of them shape the story world. 

These big/small events/traditions show off the world’s…personality, if you will. For example, in Unwanteds, in the world they purge the kids and decide which ones are Needed, Wanted, and Unwanted.

The Needed and Wanted basically end up working for the government people, while the Unwanted are sent to die.

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(I know, that sounds weird, but read the book-it’s pretty good!)

Anyway, when you read about how a world like that works, you really get a HUGE insight into how real life is for characters, which helps you understand why the characters might act the way they do.Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

In short, a lot of books have used traditions or special events to really move their plot along and shape their story world, and it’s definitely something worth trying.

Does this mean you MUST have a big tradition or event? Not at all! I still think it’s something worth trying though! 

 

Note: don’t worry if you can’t think of anything. Readers would rather there be no huge event/tradition rather than a random one that ends up being pointless to the story. 

 

Are there any traditions/events you can also add to my list at the beginning? What are some of your favorite? 

Do you have any big/small events/traditions that shape your book?

If not, think of one and tell me about it in the comments below!

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading!

Mary

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “World-building: Do Special Events Add Realism to The World?”

  1. I agree that some kind of special event adds to the world-building and it’s good to see it well executed, especially if the author ties it to the story in a seamless way.

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  2. This is definitely a good point in world building. All these small events – that are just normal, every-day life to the characters in it – can really help make it seem a lot more real.

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