1. Writing Prompt: Choose an object you use frequently that you think (or hope) will not be around anymore in 20 years. How will this change the world and our society? Write a story in which this object is no longer around. Show, rather than tell.
You have 10 minutes.
2. Brainstorm and answer the following questions about your setting:
- What is your story's primary setting?
- How is your setting inherent to the plot?
- How does your character view this setting?
- How does your setting affect the story's tone?
- List ten interesting sub-settings within your story's main setting:
- Which setting will you use for your climactic showdown?
- How will this setting reflect your protagonist's inner battle?
- How will this setting amplify the conflict (e.g., if the conflict is physical, the setting might present physical obstacles)
- How can this setting add to your protagonist's discomfort (physical or emotional)?
- How can you foreshadow your climactic setting earlier in the book?
3. Brainstorm and answer the following questions about your world building:
- What does the landscape look like?
- What kind of plants grow there?
- What's the climate?
- What animals are present in this world?
- What societies are found in this world?
- What kinds of clothing are in style?
- What moral and religious values define people's world view?
- What language(s) do they speak?
- What form of government is currently in place?
- How advanced is technology?
- What form of long-distance communication are used?
- What modes of transportation are available?
- How has technology affected entertainment and the arts?
- How has technology affected weaponry and warfare?
- How advanced are the fields of medicine and science?
- What are the natural laws of this world?
- What natural laws are different from our world (e.g., gravity)?
- Is there a magical force in your world? How does it work? What are its limitations?
- What kinds of people populate this world?
- Are there different races?
- How do customs differ between members of different races or societies?
- Do the ethnic factions get along?
- What's the history of this world?
4. Exit Ticket:
- What is the most interesting about your world building to you?
- How are you first going to introduce this element?
- How are you going to introduce these ideas without infodumping?
- What is one question you still have about your world?
- Writing Prompt
- Setting Questions
- World Building Questions
- Exit Ticket