Everyone’s afraid of being unoriginal. I mean, it’s understandable that we want to stand out. We don’t want our world-building to be hum drum filled with the same junk that we see day to day. But we needn’t fear the humble trope because it’s like salt. Too much and it’s poison but just the right…
43 - Effective Exposition - trusting your audience
It’s a bug bear isn’t it? Exposition. I mean, in one sense we’re told to show and not tell but we also need our visitants to understand your worldbuilding, to feel like they can anticipate outcomes so they’re not caught flat footed (or we don’t fail to catch them flat footed when we need to)….
The Shaper’s World is not limited by standard fantasy tropes or callbacks, it’s built on a system of real world physics. You won’t find elves or dwarves in The Light of the Outsider. But, what are the pitfalls of creating something altogether different? How do you manage a world where you can’t lean on tropes…