More on Universe Building and Differing Frameworks
More stories and more ideas on universe building and the size of the story. From the tiny to the novella to the full sized novel that can be staggering in scope and size, universe/world building and its importance in the story has been of key interest to me. As a reader, the world building, the layers, the richness, the imagination that an author pours into their universe for a story or series can enrapture me. The details they think of, from the many cultures, languages, down to the clothing and food, pull me deeper into their novels and worlds, making it more real, more alive!
For some stories, it’s not just fantasy or science fiction that the author is building a specific universe for, sometimes it’s a contemporary one. A certain location or family for example. There it is still that same factors of language, geography, location, etc, that will hold true for fantasy and sci fi. Only whereas in fantasy and scifi you may be creating them, in contemporary they are there to be pulled from.
While I often think the heavier, longer tomes have it easier in world building because just in length alone, the author has the luxury of pages in which to take the time to include the world minutiae their imagination has created for their characters and universe. The problem here is often editing out the wealth of joyous overload the author has produced. Building a complex universe takes a depth of knowledge and outlining, what to leave out is often as hard as what to put in.
But the other end of the spectrum? The tiny story. That itty bitty tale that dares you to put in any world building at all.
How to create a world on the top of a pin? Or a story in 200 or 300 words? One that feels so complete that you know the world those characters exist in.
Some authors can do it with just a few choice word placements. Within a paragraph or page, a man mentions his sore throat, a constant illness, and a feeling settles over the story. You don’t need to know about his viral loads to know he has AIDS, it has only taken some well chosen words and a location and the reader knows exactly who this man is and what he is going through. In a short story.
I so admire the high quality of writing of both authors that can build such stories, in tiny and huge, that have such ability to pull me in.
I figure that’s a lot of editing and heartbreak at work in both forms in trying to know what to let go of…narratively speaking and what to hold on to.
But in both, for me at least, world building remains a key to unlocking the characters, their situations, and the storyline. It’s the foundation it all rests upon, small or large.
Thoughts from H.B. on the matter:
I think it’s doable and can be well done using a few sentences or even a paragraph or two maybe a page or two. But I guess it depends on the writer but I don’t think authors have to limit themselves to that so I think it’s needless to think about?
As for small houses I know about them. She sheds have become popular of late and there are insurance commercials for it. I think All State actually did one a year or two ago? In china there’s are living quarters called microapartments where the rooms are only like 65-107 square ft or smaller (so enough for a bed and desk or just a bed).
We might come back to this topic and flash fiction later on. As I said I love the subject. Meanwhile, next week we go back to HEA or HFN which we never wrapped up.
Until then, happy Sunday, happy reading or listening. And this is our upcoming week at our blog!
This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, May 19:
- A MelanieM Review: Surprise Groom (Marital Bliss #1) by D.J. Jamison
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review : American Fairytale (Dreamers #2) by Adriana Herrera
- More on Universe Building and Differing Frameworks.
- This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Monday, May 20:
- Review Tour – – Love Kills (Criminal Delights) by Michael Mandrake
- RELEASE BLITZ By Way of Pain by JM Dabney
- PROMO Marie Sexton
- A MelanieM Review: Modified and Sacred by Jana Denardo
- A Stella Review:Top Shelf (Seacroft #1) by Allison Temple
- An Alisa Review: Thirst for You (Beyond the Cove #2) by Jaclyn Quinn
- An Ashlez Review:Love Kills – Criminal Delights: Serial Killers by Michael Mandrake
Tuesday, May 21:
- RELEASE BLITZ Torn by Rick R Reed
- Release Blitz OUT OF THE SHADE by S.A. McAuley
- BLOG TOUR Seeing Red by Alex Beecroft
- An Alisa Audio Review: If I Ever (Hell or High Water, #4) by SE Jakes
- A Stella Release Day Review: Why We Fight (At First Sight #4) by T.J. Klune
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Redesigning Landry Bishop (Stars from Peril #2) by Kim Fielding
- A Ali Review : Match Grade – Criminal Delights: Assassins by G.B. Gordon
Wednesday, May 22:
- TOUR Azaran Jacki James
- PROMO Kim Fielding
- BLOG TOUR – The Hierophant’s Daughter (The Disgraced Martyr Trilogy #1) by M.F. Sullivan
- An Alisa Review: Lightbearer by L.C. Davis
- A MelanieM Review Running on Empty (Havoc #3) by S.E. Jakes
- A Lucy Audio Review Finding Love: The Perfect Size for You by Lily G. Blunt and Sean Crisden (Narrator)
Thursday, May 23:
- DSP PROMO Jodi Payne
- Blog Tour – T.A.G. You’re Seen by A.G. Carothers
- An Ashez Review: T.A.G. You’re Seen (The Assassins’ Guild #1) by A.G. Carothers
- An Alisa Review Love on the Rocks by J.P. Bowie
- A Free Dreamer Review: The Incredible Real Life Monster Man by L.B. La Vigne
- A MelanieM Review: Not Gonna Lie (#lovehim #4) by S.M. James
Friday, May 24:
- BLOG TOUR Want Me by Neve Wilder
- Blog Tour – Eight Lives: (Match Made in Hell #1) by Autumn Breeze
- Blog Post – DJ Jamison – Surprise Groom
- An Alisa Review How to Heal by Susan Hawke
- A MelanieM Release Day Review: Barricades by Dem Had
Saturday, May 25:
- Release Blitz for AE Via – Nothing Special
- Release Blitz & Signal – Kris Jacen – Always With Me
- A MelanieM Review: Always With Me by Kris Jacen