31 Day Writing Tips - Day 21

@just4him (157144)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
May 21, 2019 1:29pm CST
Thank you for the wonderful feedback on this series. Today I conclude the science fiction world-building series with culture. Culture ties in everything discussed in world-building - environment, history, inhabitants, religion, and magic. Who you are is part of your culture. It is found in every genre, not only science fiction. Culture encompasses the food you eat, where you live, customs, religion, language, technology or lack thereof, government, money, occupations and the list goes on. Everything revolves around culture. When you start with your idea, you put your characters in a setting and give him or her a personality, good or bad, along with all the problems that culture brings with it. You decide. As the author you have complete say over your characters, what they believe, where they live, this planet or another, how they live - rich or poor, who has authority over them - government, friends, parents. You make the rules and you must follow the rules you make. Your reader will accept your story if you stick to your rules. Think about every book you've read, every movie you've seen. What did you like about it or not like? Did it stick to the rules the author laid out? Was the culture clearly seen in the way everyone related to each other? Think about the earth. Where do you live, what is your culture? Could you easily move to another place on the planet and adapt to that culture or would there be culture shock as you got used to another society's ways? As the writer, how do the characters adapt if you relocate them to another city or country on your planet? Is the currency the same? There are a lot of variables to think about. I recommend choosing a few basics so the reader doesn't need to think about how everything works together because it does. Do you have anything to add to culture or any other aspect of world-building? Thanks for reading. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
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@Gillygirl (30493)
• Sutton, England
21 May
Excellent tips, adapting to change and culture is important and so are surroundings.
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@just4him (157144)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 May
Yes, it is. Thank you.
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@Gillygirl (30493)
• Sutton, England
22 May
@just4him You're welcome
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@just4him (157144)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 May
@Gillygirl Day 22 is now posted.
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• Dallas, Texas
21 May
This is really good stuff to learn. I am learning more from your discussions more and more.
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@just4him (157144)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 May
Thank you. I'm glad I'm being helpful.
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@ShifaLk (13434)
• India
22 May
Okay that's another great point. I learned that we must put ourselves in the place of the reader that how would we react if we were on the reader's place.
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@just4him (157144)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 May
That's always important to do.
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@ShifaLk (13434)
• India
23 May
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@simone10 (29607)
• United States
22 May
I never thought of that but you are right, it's very important.
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@just4him (157144)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 May
Thank you. Yes, it is.
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@Junbals (966)
• Philippines
22 May
The university I am teaching in has the objective to train students to become culture-sensitive. Once a week the faculty and staff wear attires typical of the indigenous people.
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@just4him (157144)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 May
That's wonderful.
@andriaperry (80272)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 May
Loving this series of yours.
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@just4him (157144)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 May
Thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying it.