World-building in Fiction: Suspending Doors and Disbelief

1. Keep the world coherent in time.

2. In a high-tech world, any novel technological capacities must be at least as advanced as today’s technology.

Synth “Flash” reaching for her phone to contact other synths.

3. Any new world-element must achieve its full potential in the world, for better or worse, at least by the end of the story.

4. In a world where anything is possible, explicitly throw the rules out the door on Day 1.

5. Preview the incredible and the terrible early, or they become deus ex machina later.

  • What is the most fantastic technological advancement in this world? (1 episode)
  • What are all the supernatural / superhuman elements in this world? (5 episodes)
  • What is the worst thing that can happen to a character in this world? (15 episodes)
  • What is the most powerful weapon in this world? (20 episodes)

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Anat Deracine

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Author of "Driving by Starlight" https://goo.gl/N35aS1 and “The Night Wolves” http://bit.ly/TheNightWolves I'm on Twitter at @anat_deracine

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