How to write a good foundation

Some of these questions are things I had not considered. I thought of world-building as a fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian subject. This is new fodder for my sort-of contemporary WIP’s. Re-blogged from jeanswriting.com.

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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?…

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