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When writing a story, you want the readers to be able to fall into the world of the novel and get lost inside the words. But if the reader is expected to feel as if they're inside of the book rather than just reading words on a page, it's important for the writer to be even more immersed in the world of the story.
Here is your guide to diving deeper into the world of your novel.
1. Show, Don't Tell
Yes, I know you've heard this a thousand times. But I think it's important enough to say it once again. And just in case you've never heard this term before, then good! I'll be sure to explain it to you.
Basically, if you're writing a scene and one of your characters says something completely odd...don't tell me that your other character is confused. Instead, show me the way they furrow their brow or cock their head to the side slightly. Don't tell me a character is nervous. Instead, show me how they bite their lip or chew their fingernails or play with the ends of their hair.
Don't tell me something devastated your character -- show me how she shook uncontrollably, show me the tears that streamed down her face uncontrollably.
Don't tell me -- I'm not here for an informational. Show me -- I'm here for a story.
2. Know Your World
My biggest advice for any writer at all is to know your story's world. Where is your story set? Our modern world? A different dimension? London 1922? The moon?
First, decide where your story is set. Next, dive deeper than that.
Is it a fantasy world? Decide what type of mystical creatures it features. Do some of the characters speak some sort of made-up language? What are the names of different places and landmarks in your made-up world?
Is it set on the moon? What year is it? How do they live up there? What is the difference between their lifestyle and our modern lifestyle on earth.
Is it set in a different country or different year? What are some traits of people who live their? How do they act differently than you're used to? Depending on the country, city, and year people are going to act differently
Do your research and decide/know your world!
3. What Are They Wearing?
You do not need to tell the reader what each and every character is wearing in each and every scene. But, you as the writer could use that information. It can help you.
If you know that your female main character is wearing a dress, then you can make her play with the lace hem if she's bored or waiting on someone/something or thinking. But if know that she's wearing a dress, you might not want to make her run in that scene.
Knowing what your character is wearing can help in so many ways (including not being contradictory to something you wrote previously) -- and you can use the information without having to tell the reader a full-on description of their entire outfit.
4. Use All Five Senses
Your reader wants to know where they are in each scene. And while they don't need to know every detail (like the color of a bystander's shoes), you want to use all five senses when you describe a newly introduced part of your story's world. Whether that be a new room, a new building, a new city, or even a new dimension.
Show us what your character sees, tell us what they smell, how something feels, what sounds they can hear. You can even use the fifth sense -- taste. The character doesn't even have to be eating -- tell us how the air tasted when they took a breath. Was it dusty, misty, did it taste like chalk?
Imagine your story like a movie. Imagine each scene in the form of a movie -- as you're writing it. This way, it's so much easier to add details which will make your scene more imaginable and realistic.
And remember to know your character's surroundings in each scene! That way, you'll be able to add actions and dialouge tags a lot easier.
Let's talk a little bit about your story's world in the comments! Where is your story set?