7 Tips to Writing Bards in Fiction

Legends of Windemere

Stitch the Bard

So, you want to add some local flavor and history without an info dump done by a spectral narrator.  Nothing too much, but you have some stories to tell.  The heroes have no idea since they never studied and the villains aren’t interested.  Why not create a Bard to do the teaching deed?  Well, here are some things to consider.

  1. Know when to flash the charm and know when to blend in.  Bards need to get attention when performing because that’s how they make money.  Physical appearance and clothing are a big factor, but don’t forget about verbal charm and manners.  They need to be approachable to get new information.  Yet, there are times when they can blend into the crowd and listen for rumors.  Find the proper balance, but you can shift it depending on the situation.
  2. Research the Bard’s instrument of choice to give them…

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