Sunday, May 13, 2012

From the Valley Center Writers Workshop

Hi to the Valley Center Writers who have tuned in here to look at the exercise notes that I promised to post!  (And if you're just browsing this randomly, welcome to you, too. )

This is an exercise we did during the second part of the world building fiction workshop on May 12, 2012.  Good luck with your worlds and, once again, you all were fabulous!

A Day in the Life

After every stage, remember to ask yourself how you can make the details of what just happened a little different....

Okay--so you've just written down some notes about a world you're creating.  Let's walk through this world by using a character that you've either created already or a random character.  You can even use yourself, if it's more comfortable.

* Are you male or female?
* What is your name?  (Is it a strange sci-fi or fantasy type name?  "Normal" name?)
*What is your station in life?  (Rich, poor, middle class, something else altogether?)
*What is your job?
*What are the physics of your world (Zero gravity, for instance?  Normal?)

[Look at what you have so far.  How can you make at least one detail of your world a little out of the ordinary?]

Time for your morning routine....
*What do you eat?
*When you look outside (if there is an outside), what is the weather like?
*What are you going to wear?

[Again, look at what you have so far.  How can you make at least one detail of your world a little out of the ordinary?]

*How do you get to work (mode of transportation) if you do work?
*What do you see along the way?  (Different creatures or types of people?  Road signs or advertisements for politics, religious beliefs, signs of what's important to society?  Are there any details you see that will foreshadow what will happen later in the story?  Are there any signs of how society is controlled or not controlled?)
*What is the architecture like?
*How is everyone communicating?

[And...look at what you have so far.  How can you make at least one detail of your world a little out of the ordinary?]

TWIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You run into an event on your way to work (or wherever).  Is this event political?  Holiday related?  Something to do with the history of the town? Is it based on a grudge that two clans/businesses/groups have with one another?
What is happening in general?
*And what is happening to you, specifically?*
(This moment can end up being a springboard for your plot--an "into the special world" marker on the Hero's Journey.  If you're writing a contemporary, this might be where the hero and heroine meet, since it's fertile ground for conflict.  Or would this make a good action scene?  If you're writing a historical, this moment could paint a vivid picture of the times if the author uses a real event and sweeps the character into it.)

******How does your world changes at this point?*****

And there it is.  Have fun, and keep on writing!

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