Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Build A Story World
Consider what materials or fabrics can go through portals or dimensions. Stargate is set up that futuristic weaponry, scientific instruments, and medicine can go through. But what if the portal is organic in some way and only a body can enter with clothes and perhaps one other element such as a gem, a necklace, or a compass.
These basic choices will grow in importance over time. What are the consequences to change a timeline? All these decisions build up areas of struggle and conflict as the characters attempt to understand and communicate within an environment completely different from any they have known. Begin from the critical purpose for entering the new dimesnsion: to save lives, for discovery, retaliation or conquest.
1. From each of the culture categories choose a person for your heroine to attempt to communicate with. Do one from her choice. Do one from necessity.
Repeat with someone trying to cross cultures with your heroine and she is resistant.
Share: Which one has the most interesting possibilities? Why?