What Immediately Matters?

What Immediately MattersWhatever the genre, the author has to decide what immediately matters. What’s the emotional core of the story?

Hold back on the world-building. Cancel the info-dump. Readers don’t care about your world unless you give them characters to care about first. This is how story works. Pile on the world-building before the characters and what you have is a setting, not a story. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Middle Earth, St Mary Meade or Pemberly.