A few weeks ago, I went into a local high school and did a workshop with the Year 10 students about writing “Other Worlds”. I thought I’d share some of the workshop here on our blog, as it can be helpful to all ages and stages of writing.
EXERCISE #1: Come up with examples of Other Worlds you could write about. (10 minutes)
- Fantasy worlds, set on other planets.
- Fantasy worlds, set on our planet but in a different time (eg. Dark Ages).
- Space; planets in other solar systems.
- Worlds that exist on a layer beneath our own. Earth-based, alternate realities. Think: underground fairies/vampires/werewolves/etc.
- The worlds in our own minds.
- Micro-biology. Worlds that exist in nature. Beneath the ocean, etc.
- Other countries, exploring cultures that are different to our own.
EXAMPLE: In the Harry Potter series, magic exists, but it is governed by the Ministry of Magic, which regulates who uses it, what type of magic they use, when and where they can use it, etc. If there were no magic laws, we would have a very big problem and things would quickly fall apart.
EXAMPLE: Consider a world where people never grow old. What are the consequences to this type of society? What sorts of rules might you need to set in place to deal with them? (e.g. regulations of population/births, use of resources, harsher death sentences for crime, etc.)
Other things to consider:
- Natural resources (fuel, etc.)
- Social structure (class systems, governments)