1. Chris Votey

    When I build a world, I imagine myself in this world and answer a few questions. How do I fit in this world, where would my place be? Then I try to live the lives of my characters and understand how they live in the world.

  2. […] Posted by Kathy Steffen on Aug 24, 2012 in Brainstorming, Featured, Writing Craft | 0 comments TweetThe DaVinci Code begins with a murder in the Louvre. The story of Sarah’s Key had to take place in France. In the case of Water for Elephants, the setting—the circus—moves with the story but is a complete world nonetheless. A setting does more than add interest; in fact, if your story can take place anywhere and nothing else in your story would need to change, rethink how you have used setting. Make it integral to the story (for more writing tips on setting/worldbuilding, see Entering Other Worlds: Worldbuilding Beyond Fantasy and Science Fiction.) […]

  3. Great topic, and I’m glad that you made the point that it’s important for other genres besides fantasy and sci-fi. I think you’re absolutely right about place being the key to engaging readers in a deep and permanent way.

    For more on this topic, and to see how writers like Tolkien and Hemingway succeed in *transporting* their readers, see this article I published a few yrs ago in Writer’s Chronicle: http://timweed.net/on-the-writing-craft/125-2/

  4. […] What is life like after any of these things? Are there countries? How does the world divide? Who survives? What is their survival like? What did they have to do to survive? What do they do to make a place to stay? How do they try and keep safe? What are the people like in this post-apocalyptic world? What are the children life? How do they feed themselves? What is precious in this world? (For more ideas, see Worldbuilding Beyond Fantasy and Science Fiction.) […]

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