- How are your characters’ basic needs met?
- What is the hierarchy (and there has to be at least one, someone has to be top dog)?
- How is your world governed? Are there rules nobody can break? What are the reasons?
- In dealing with magic, can everybody produce the same amount? Or do certain groups have more magic than others? Can those lower down the scale “earn” or “learn” more magic to bring them closer to their superiors?
- What happens if someone defies the basic rules or some lowly herbert betters themselves magically so they become superior? What would the fall out be?
- What happens if someone from the superior class magically speaking rebels against that or the structures of your society?
- Always take out what you can from your stories without losing the sense of them. It’ll make your writing tighter, quicken the pace and if you can do without those words, do so. They’re not contributing anything are they? Less is always more.
- Get into your characters’ heads as quickly as you can. Can you sum up their main characteristic in one or two words? Can you sum up your story in a line or two? Are your characters different so you can tell them apart? Do their voices sound different so nobody is confused as to who speaks?
- Moments of weakness in a character can be used to strengthen their portrayal. We all have moments like this - fictional characters should reflect that. It is then what real and fictional people do after having such moments that can add or make a story.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.