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Mar 12, 2019 22:10:08

Worldbuilding

by @jasonleow | 345 words | 221🔥 | 259💌

Jason Leow

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I'd been musing about worldbuilding. It's something that I'd never tried writing and probably suck at, but yet that's how my inner child thinks and dreams. I wonder if writing 200 words of worldbuilding makes sense. How does one build worlds in 200 words or less? It's hard not to compare when I think of worldbuilding - Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, the Marvel Universe - and immediately I cower standing next to these giants. Most of all, it's easy to just stick to what I'm good at writing, and to avoid what makes me feel uncomfortable and apprehensive. 


But the inner child whispers. 


And what started as a whisper, is now getting increasingly louder. As my writing slump continues, this voice grows louder still. Unbound from the chains of learned rules and restraints, he now wants to stretch himself. 


Oh dear.


I don't know how, or where to start. But like any good parent, I shall indulge this inner child and do some research about it. And I found Worldbuilding Stack Exchange:


Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for writers, artists and others using science, geography and culture to construct imaginary worlds and settings.


Check out some of these questions! Each post read like a novel already. It's a wondrous, wonder-inducing forum. Each of these questions reads like a potential magnum opus in progress!


How would an AI self awareness kill switch work?

Why zero tolerance on nudity in space?

How could a time traveler have prevented climate change

What would be the most expensive material to an intergalactic society?

How much mayhem could I cause as a sentient fish?

How can changes in personality/values of a person who turned into a vampire be explained?

Can a space-faring robot still function over a billion years?

How can I prevent an oracle who can see into the past from knowing everything that has happened?

Spells that would be effective against a modern day army but would NOT destroy a fantasy one

What problems would a superhuman have whose skin is constantly hot?


So......worldbuilding tomorrow? 🤔



  • 1

    @jasonleow do it!

    Never heard of that stack exchange but those answers are awesome. I'm hooked now.

    Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Mar 12, 2019 23:37:34
    • 1

      @keenencharles yes it's awesome isn't it! I can just keep reading and reading

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Mar 12, 2019 23:10:45
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