What’s the Point?

Still running the #shareyourworld game on Twitter. You get to tell me, in a tweet (if possible), what your world is about. I’m noticing two trends:

  1. We confuse story with world.
  2. We don’t know why we’re building.

Sometimes I’ll get replies that tell me plot. “Scott the magical dog goes on an adventure to Doom Mountain” is a plot (can someone write that please?). “Set in the modern day where magic infuses the land and gives animals powers,” is a world description. If you’re in the Oatley Academy, you probably know this as the One Big Lie. The one over-arching point of your world.

I think we find it hard to summarize our worlds because we haven’t spent time building them, just time on making the narrative. Your world is a living organism. Your world is telling its own story. That’s where the story you’re telling came from. Every time you write an establishing shot, your world is telling a story.

So take some time to listen to your world and give it some life. Then comment on this post or on social media with #shareyourworld and tell me what it’s all about.

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