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    The Forces of Nature in Your Stories

    Nature plays a big role in stories. They make characters more real because their actions/behaviors can be caused in part by nature.

    In fact, if you ever find yourself stuck as to how to describe one of your characters, add a force of nature in your character description. Describe how your character behaves or reacts during a bad (or good) weather.

    Take for example a few movies where forces of nature were vital. Imagine how the characters and the plots would change if the following forces of nature were taken away:

    • the tornado in the Wizard of Oz
    • the lightning in Phenomenon (John Travolta)
    • the volcanic eruption in Dante's Peak (Pierce Brosnan)
    • the icebergs in the Atlantic in Titanic (Leonardo diCaprio)
    • the avalanche in Vertical Limit (Chris O'Donnell)

    Likewise, substitute another force of nature in the examples above and see how it affects the story and the characters.

    Try it yourself on the following:

    1. Deanna Ball possesses a strong sense of duty.
      Force of nature: Earthquake

    2. Randall Graves is people-oriented and works well with others.
      Force of nature: Snowstorm

    3. Dessa Woods has an intimidating personality.
      Force of nature: Avalanche

    4. Geoff Earhart is organized and methodical in his approach to everything.
      Force of nature: Lightning storm

    5. Mac Taylor is the persistent type.
      Force of nature: Drizzle

    6. Kerry Watson is calm, practical and down-to-earth.
      Force of nature: Torrential rain

    7. Devon Griffith has an offbeat sense of humor.
      Force of nature: Forest fire

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