Epic Vs Important

One thing that many genre’s have in common, everything from science fiction to action & adventure is a tendency to want to make important things Epic.

By Epic (capital E) I mean things like the end or start of a war, blowing up of cities ect. The kinds of things that change the course of history. While it may be tempting to give everything epic stakes, you don’t have to.

Anything you spend time and thought on CAN be important. If you work at it a woman walking through a door can be the most important event in your book, just as a space battle can be unimportant even if it is epic in scope.

What matters in the end is how important the event is to your characters, even things that are important to the world can pale in comparison to that.

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