History is a funny sort of thing. History is always about how the characters view it. The history of a place, accurate or not, can influence plot. If one group believes they have the right to a certain plot of land, but another group argues for that same right, that’s the basis for a story.
Religion is much the same way in this regard. It’s almost impossible to get into a religious discussion without at least two people arguing over the meaning of something. Those arguments might be philosophical discussions with polite tones, or they might lead to all out war. Knowing the religious life of your setting, and how the people living there feel about it, can add depth to your story and characters. This also can help make the setting a character because it defines it as a certain place.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson in preparing to write settings that feel like characters – my A to Z Challenge theme for 2015. If you long to discover more in-depth details on this topic, I have a .99 cents (US currency) ebook available on Amazon and Smashwords.
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Question of the day: What is your favorite time period in history?