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10 Quick Tips About Adventure Stories


20324770-adventure_193503011Ah, this is a fun topic – one of the five generated last week, as I was telling you.
Now “about adventure stories” is a bit vague – about reading or writing them?
And then, Adventure stories is a pretty wide field.

And who am I, anyway, to give anybody suggestions?

But ok, it’s part of the game, so here’s my ten point list of tips for adventure writers.
For what they are worth.

1 . Don’t be afraid
They will put you down, talk about escapism, implausibility, silliness, and generally try to put you in your place. Don’t be afraid to tell your story.

2 . Read
Read everything. Adventure stories, sure, but also history books, biographies, travel books

15641256e02eb06315a97d6bf25be1503 . Write about something you are curious about.
The Silk Road? The Orient Express? Diving for treasure? … as long as in your story there’s some element that engages you, you should be able to engage the readers, too.

4 . Give your characters a theme song.
It will help you characterizing them.

5 . A little exoticism goes a long way.
Adventure stories are often about place – find a way to characterize that place with a few well-placed details.

adventure_1913046 . Don’t fear exposition.
It’s narrative, right?

7 . A modicum of violence can be entertaining…
… but finding brutality fun, is sick.

8 . Turn at least one of your starting ideas on its head.
Because readers love a twist.

9 . Plan through, but don’t plan too much.
Give your characters some maneuvering space for improvisation.

10 . Remember you can’t please everyone.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “10 Quick Tips About Adventure Stories

  1. 11. Find a gorgeous cover for your book!


  2. I found all your tips really inspiring.
    Usually is the first one my real problem.
    Being an engineer and write an adventure story is not always easy. 😀
    It’s hard to let go those details that make the story plausible but tremendously boring!


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