my favorite thing in stories is when the antagonist doesn’t die, but instead they realize they were being kind of a stupid dick (maybe because the protagonist saved them or something) and then they have to kind of awkwardly tag along with the heroes in order to make up for their mistakes and gradually become slightly less evil
If you don’t know what atmosphere is, you might have a hard time deciding how you want your own story to feel. Creating atmosphere is important and it can set the tone of your story. If you feel like your writing has been lacking something, you should begin to think about the feel of the WIP you’ve been working on. Your readers must feel something if you want them to become interested in your writing. They must connect with the atmosphere you’re trying to create.
But what is atmosphere?
Atmosphere and mood are closely related and they are achieved by using all five senses.
Your readers must feel like they’re right in the middle of your story. Before you even begin to write, you should decide what you want the mood or atmosphere of your story to be. Are you trying to create fear? Happiness? Confusion? Decide how you want you readers to feel when they’re reading your story, even if it feels like you might not have much control over that. You do.
The best way to create realistic atmosphere is to stay observant.
When you’re in a situation where you’re feeling scared or fearful, try to take note of why that is. Did you just watch something on TV that scared you? Is it dark out? Is it cold? Is it foggy outside? These things all add up to create atmosphere and you’ll give your readers a realistic experience.
Atmosphere is mostly about understanding your characters and being able to put yourself in their shoes.
You need to know how your characters feel and what emotions you’re going to evoke in them. The same feelings need to be pulled out of your readers, so that they understand as well. If you’re able to do this, your readers will be able to have a relationship with your characters.