Start with the straight talk about world building that I need.
If I needed it, then I thought maybe someone else needed a bit of help too. I’ve never written a futuristic, or historical story. So I’ve never felt the need to do a lot of world building. However, as of late, I’ve begun to feel my stories needed more depth.
Even when writing in the here and now, we need to flesh out the world around our characters. More than just the who, what and when.
Things to remember:
- Community: Is it open, or restricted? What about schools, churches, stores, markets? Who are the neighbors? Traditions and rituals? Standard of living, social conduct, friendly or reserved?
- Who is in charge of the family, community, town, school, company or wherever your story is centered?
- What about money and jobs? Do your main characters work? What kind of jobs are available? Why? Why not?
- What type of technology is used? Or do they use technology? Why or why not?
- How do your characters communicate? Text, phones, mind to mind?
- What happens if someone becomes ill or breaks the rules?
What about you?
Do you build the world around your characters or do you let your characters evolve first and then the world come into focus later?
Need help? Then you will love this article by Heather Jackson, click the link below and read her handy checklist.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. You can find me on Twitter @jeancogdell, Facebook at jean.cogdell and Amazon.com, stop by and say hey! Please remember to click and share this post with your Twitter peeps and Facebook fans.