The future of storytelling is one of immersion. The present and the past of storytelling have been oriented toward immersion as well — if we’re going to be totally honest with ourselves. So, what makes us so sure that immersion is key to the future of storytelling?
Since discovering Janet H. Murray’s work on storytelling, I have been searching for answers on how to make stories more immersive and, more importantly, I have experimented to see how I can bring dramatic agency into the stories I write.
The serious world-builder, whether hobbyist or budding or seasoned novelist, will find that human beings have some weird, and if we’re completely honest, unhealthy, habits that have been conditioned via culture. One such habit, or cultural practice as I will call it, is that of smoking.