A long time ago, someone told me to change twenty things, and your world would be completely different. That might be the case, but I’ve never been able to work out which twenty things to change, or even if I highlight twenty different things. I’ve always thought that number would result in a complete burial of the story under the weight of the minutae of the new world. I have a slightly different rule of thumb:
- Choose five important things that look/are used differently to current general knowledge. Make sure they’re five highly visible things. With those five things different to everything we know and are comfortable with, the whole world will seem different.
- Consider swear words. The way people curse is a product of their culture. Usually swear words are based on one of three things:
- Bodily functions
Next week, I'll wrap up my world building with some reminders of what's really important.