The Four-Part Writing Special

Welcome to week three of the writing special!  This post will focus on the world-building aspects of my story.

1.  Name a unique aspect of your story world.

One of the main aspects of the plot revolves around my spin-off of dog fighting.  In my storyworld (don't get upset at me, now; it's dystopian, what better could you expect?) people are participating in illegal Pit-Fighting, which is essentially dog-fighting, only using children from ages 6-16.  There is a junior division which is ages 6-11, and a senior division for children 12-16.  Although strongly protested, it's a common sport, and is an important aspect to the plot as well as the story world.

2.  Talk about one of the important animals in the story (someone's pet or horse; or a fierce animal the MC must defeat).

There really aren't any in the story.  SO FAR.  I have plans for a dog to make a special guest appearance in a future portion, but as of now, there aren't an animals that are worth mentioning.  *depressed typing*

3.  A paragraph describing something in your storyworld (building, landmark, etc.).

This is a quick description of one of the pits:

As he entered the pit, he glanced about.  This ring was smaller than what he was used to, which made him nervous.  The cement floor was stained red from fights past, and the wall was coated in the same dark hue.  Approximately seven feet up the bleachers began, where men and woman sat, yelling down at him, their faces contorted horribly as they jeered.  His eyes lost focus for a moment, and dropped his gaze downward to look at the bars at the base of the circular wall, trying to see who was on the other side of the dark hole he had just left.  The coffin he wished to return to when this was over.

4.  Something dangerous in your storyworld.

The Atlantica Chameleons, which is society of professionally trained kidnappers, who all experts in the art of disguise/camouflage, hijacking, breaking and entering, hacking, and forgery.  They can get access to any information, or can enter anywhere they like.  However, despite their dangerous nature, they act according to a strict code of conduct and stay out of the way until commissioned to kidnap a person.

5.  Something delightful in your storyworld.

The Daisy Conservatory.  One of the supporting characters is a gardener, and has a greenhouse of flowers, which is like a little tiny castle of happiness and healing in a harsh cold world.  The greenhouse becomes the place where the characters are able to relax and bond together.

6.  A movie soundtrack that would complement the setting.

Well, I think I would have to chose a TV series soundtrack (sorry movies), if I had to pick just ONE soundtrack.  It would be the Sherlock Season Three soundtrack, because it has a lot of variation in the mood of the music.

7.  How does the geography impact the story?

Most of the story takes place in half-abandoned cities, so there are a lot car chases/chases on foot, and all the high buildings make it perfect sniper territory.

8.  Is there a particular location or time period your story you had in mind when creating your storyworld?

 A few alley ways, but nowhere really specific.  I know there's a fight in Hong Kong....

9.  What is the climate like, and does it play a role in the story?

The climate is rather cold and wet, and it does play a fairly important role in the story.  Ezra is constantly struggling with his asthma, and when the weather turns cold suddenly...stuff happens.  Lives change.

10.  Are there any traditions, and do they have an effect upon the plot?

There are there a few small traditions which come with Pit-Fighting, but nothing worth mentioning.

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  1. Wow, that snippet was impactful. You really have a well developed story world here!

  2. Cool detail. Sounds like you've really built the story world and plot. :D


    1. Thanks! World building is something I really enjoy doing! I hardly ever have trouble with it.

  3. THIS IS AWESOME. Like, I REALLY REALLY want to read your story now!!! XD

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement! Now if I can only finish writing the thing!

  4. CHARLIE!!!! (I can't believe you made that pic because of one small comment I made...) Lol to the max, though!

  5. WOW. Your premise for your story is very unique. Scary and captivating. The paragraph describing the pit--particularly your use of the coffin imagery was powerful. I'm glad there's something delightful in this world too because it sounds pretty dark!

    1. Thank you! There are many light-hearted portions of the book, despite the dark plotline. Actually, it manages to be pretty comedic throughout...

  6. Your storyworld sounds amazing, Evangeline!! I like how you have the Daisy Conservatory [which certainly does sound delightful] to contrast with the more gritty settings. <3
    - Jem Jones


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