What tech­niques can I use to make my fe­male war­rior ap­pear more in­ter­est­ing?

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Jess Bai­ley, US

Hous­ton replies

There are mul­ti­ple ways to de­pict any one scene in a story, and each ap­proach will de­velop the nar­ra­tive a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently. De­ter­min­ing what you’re try­ing to say about the story mo­ment is im­por­tant, be­cause know­ing what you want to say will de­ter­mine your artis­tic and com­po­si­tional choices: the “how” to say it.

In this case, I de­cide that I want a quiet mo­ment: the last sur­viv­ing war­rior is stand­ing alone af­ter a deadly bat­tle, al­most in dis­be­lief that she’s alive.

Us­ing both sub­ject mat­ter and com­po­si­tional tools, a spe­cific story mo­ment – com­plete with its own emo­tional tone –

is es­tab­lished.

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