3 Tips To Creating A Story World That Grips Your Reader

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Photo by bradimarte

There are some stories that just grip us with the richness of the story world. The setting, characters and culture of the story are so amazing that we are transported to another time.

Emotion is rich in this type of story world. We can feel the way a character feels because it is as if we are there with them. This emotion creates an intense experience that keep readers coming back for more.

How do we create a story world that grips our readers?

Let’s take a look at a few movies that paint the story world in ways that we can use as authors to get a powerful response.

3 Tips To Creating A Story World That Grips Your Reader:

1. Give the hero/heroine showcase moments to interact with the world they live in.

Watch the following clip:

The heroine in this clip is sitting at the launching spot for the fishing boat. She shares her dream with a friend who is obviously older than her. This multi-generational element also helps to create an emotional tug.

The moment is a showcase for the story world from the fisherman’s love perspective.

2. Show the appeal of the story world for the characters.

Watch the following clip:

We see the delight of the crew as they are fishing. The sun is high and adventure is in their grasp. The beauty and the money of this raw way of life appeals to us.

3. Juxtapose the positive with the raw danger or glaring flaw of the story world.

Every story world is different. In the movie The Perfect Storm the level of danger for the characters is showcased to capture the richness of the story world.

Even when the outcome for characters is better than The Perfect Storm, moments to juxtapose the positive with a glaring flaw draws us in to the story world conflict created just by its rivaling forces.

Watch this clip:

Notice how the trailer juxtaposes the positive and raw danger of the story world? Feeling the high and low of the story world with the characters helps us to be drawn in emotionally. We care. We want them to succeed.

What movie or book is one of your favorites that shows some of these elements?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

5 thoughts on “3 Tips To Creating A Story World That Grips Your Reader

  1. Patti Shene says:

    I’m a westerns fan, so High Noon is one that comes to mind for me right away!

  2. Excellent examples!

  3. Arlene says:

    One favorite that comes to mind is “Fried Green Tomatoes.” Two different story worlds interact as well as providing an intergenerational bond that grips viewers.

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