Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. All of the decorations, the delightful giggles of children dreaming of presents and school break. Then there is the food. Don’t even get me started on the food.
Everyone celebrates in their own way, with their own traditions. Some celebrate Santa, others only the birth of Christ, some a blend of the two, then there is Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and lots of other winter holidays.
How much community flavor do you have in your story?
We often build our perfect towns for our stories to take place and then forget to give them personality. Tradition and celebrations make each community unique.
Many of our stories don’t take place at Christmas. So, what then?
In Minnesota we have all kids of festivities in our communities. Spam days, Lumberjack Days, Wild Rice Days, etc. We also have all kinds of crazy events like ice fishing contests and jumping into the lake right after it thaws.
What about your story book community? Do you give it a personal flare with traditions, festivities, and crazy events.?
Add a Dash Of Community Flavor:
*Determine the time of year when your novel takes place. This will help you to identify the events that can make more of a community.
*Pick a festivity or holiday to feature in your story. If you are writing suspense, you can still use a festivity to make it harder to keep people safe, catch a criminal, or add mood. There is everything from Corn feeds to box socials.
*Pick a tradition that is unique to the area where your story takes place to feature. This doesn’t have to take center stage, but it really helps to solidify the community’s personality.
*Feature a town personality in at least one character. The town crazy, gossip, know-it-all, mascot, etc. Every town has something. Dig deep. This character has great potential to bring humor or other strong emotions to your stories.