9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story
(Or Ridding Your Story of Pseudo-depth)
When writing a story, one of the most important aspects to the writer will be the themes. In other words, the message you want to tell the world through your characters, plot, and struggles. However, even stories with a good message often fail on a number of levels, or else try to be deep but come off sounding ridiculous. Today, I'm going to talk about how to create genuine depth in the themes, characters, and dialogue of your story, without turning it into a sermon.
Step 1: Focus on the story and perfect it, long before you worry about the themes.
This is the single greatest failing of most stories with messages. The writer is so focused on them, that they forget the medium altogether. And as important as you think a message is, it is worthless if devoid of a concrete story. So craft your story around something tangible and solid—something that would be wonderful if there were no message whats
The Fimbulvetr. The almighty cold. The bloody handed winter heralding Ragnarök and the end of days… or was supposed to. For even the winter of wolves, where brother will kill brother and families will freeze into mass graves, would only last a mere three seasons.
Or rather, has lasted. Continued to last, for three hundred years.
Into this world of the dead, dying and undying awakens the mighty Vulgrim. Having died in battle as all Vikings should, Vulgrim found himself denied the splendours of Valhalla, instead awakening as a draug in a grotesque parody of all he lived and died for. Now he hunts the frozen wastelands, seeking an answer for his bitter fate… or at least, someone to answer for it.A possible idea for a series I had. Among many, as is the wont of Deviant-artists. Had this drawn since last holidays, but only rendered it yesterday.