The trouble with world creation: making connections

I was talking with a good friend, who was legitimately concerned with my inability to complete any of the stories I am working on or have worked on or will work on. He suggested that I find the link or the common ground between the stories, connect them.  I laughed; there is no connection…only me, the author.

I have had this conversation with myself and my follow writers hundreds of times. I have all these great ideas…so many stories and plots and places running around in my head and I don’t have the time to start and finish all of them.  What about the ones I have already started, can I connect them to others I have yet to write?

Each story has its own world.  Rarely do I have an idea that comes to me that can be put into a preexisting world; I normally have to come up with an entirely new world with all of its problems and complexities.  Each story and, therefore, world has its own codes of behavior, laws, and regulations.  You cannot have a world with aliens with technology with a world that lives like medieval times and uses magic.  (Well, ok…you could, but that world would need to have its own rules that make such extremes plausible and possible).  See the problem?  There is a lot more to world creation and story building then just sitting down and writing and making the stories all fit together.  Some times the stories are legitimately so completely unlike the others that they cannot nor ever will fit into the same world.

So…what is the solution my friend…stop reading this blog and just go and write something in one of those many stories  you have started and finish one…JUST FINISH ONE STORY…

Happy writing!


About LizzyBeth

There is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.

Posted on November 4, 2011, in Fantasy, Humor, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Rachel Burkholder, World Creation, Writing Hints and Helps and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. The statement I’m about to make is truly evil (though offered for the constructive purpose of persuading you to take your friend’s very good advice): Your malady is a decidedly postmodern one, and going by your description above, the process by which you multiply worlds is very like the kind of multiplication that might follow after first letting deconstruction do its worst to the universe.

    • Interesting thought. I would not have considered the problem being rooted in the postmodernism…but there might be some truth to it. (And yes your statement was a little evil)

  2. SaltySnapFiction

    Rachel – I know exactly what you mean. Currently, I am exploring four unique worlds of my own, though only one work presently holds all of my attention. I simply cannot flesh out ideas as quickly as they come to me; however, I have limited myself to these four until they are completed – never mind the fact that one I hope to be only the beginning of a 9 book series (lol). I do what I can. My time is limited, and I still believe in getting a good night’s rest. 🙂

    In examining why I chose these four stories to tell, I forced myself to name the theme of each in one sentence and explain (to myself) why they were important stories to tell. I’ll admit that I was surprised to discover the same basic overarching theme in all of them. What can I say? I believe God gives us all a specific passion and purpose. Nonetheless, not every version of this theme would be palatable to every reader, thus, four unique plots and ways of saying it.

    Post-modernist thought is a major gripe of mine. I find it difficult to make sense of the prior “evil” comment… and that’s all I have to say about that.

    Happy writing back at ya! 🙂

    • Ah, yes — I have always to remember that basically friendly jousting, and inside jokes, don’t convey very well to the rest of the world on the internet. The sense of the “evil” comment was this: I know full well that Rachel is, consciously, about as anti-postmodern in her thinking as anyone could be. And yet in the above comments I see the effects of a postmodern milieu: specifically, in the multiplicity of worlds, with no apparent possibility of unity between them. And in the advice — “connect your stories” — a wholesome remedy for that fragmentation, which reflects the purpose of our Author (cf. Eph. 1:10).


  3. SaltySnapFiction

    LOL – Good to know. Honestly, it was difficult to discern whether the comment was made in good humor or not, especially taking the reply into account. No worries, and thanks for the explanation! 🙂

    Kind Regards,

    • Epae,
      Thanks for the encouragement and sorry for the confusion with David’s jests. That was an inside joke internet fail 🙂
      Happy writing and good luck!

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