Flora can play a role in making a character that is a setting stand out. There are places with a great deal of plants and trees, and there are places where such life is sparse. But beyond the obvious difference between a big city and a rainforest, there is also the world of fantasy. A setting that is a character in a fantasy novel will almost always have unusual flora. Instead of a forest full of evergreen trees, it might have a forest of everpurple trees. Consider the feeling that a house full of dead plants will convey. It can be a small clue to the reader that something isn’t right. Characters contribute to the overall story by setting tone, offering foreshadowing, revealing important details, and moving the story along. Find ways to let flora help with that, and your setting will be on the way to becoming a character.
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