The difference between world building and story: Character

A world-building script is a script that is heavily reliant on its setting. These are commonly genre scripts, but not always. A script that's got an esoteric historical setting or relies on a densely woven political backstory has the same strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. There's nothing wrong with world building scripts, indeed many great stories... Continue Reading →

It’s great to have a vivid world, but your story shouldn’t feel like an excuse to show off your world.

A world-building script is a script that is heavily reliant on its setting. These are commonly genre scripts, but not always. A script that's got an esoteric historical setting or relies on a densely woven political backstory has the same strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. MINORITY REPORT is a sci-fi world building story. Much of the... Continue Reading →

World Building 101

ME: Specs with a lot of world building have a built in problem... SOMEONE ELSE: Screw the rules! I'm not a hack like you! I'm creative! Enjoy riding your formula train to mediocrityville! Okay, look, there's no script god, and even if there was, he's not going to strike you down for setting a story... Continue Reading →

"The world of Xanthagar has four factions. The Avian REGLAXIANS, the psychic WOOTMEN, the undead HRASIS, and the multicolored SENTAGAR. They have lived in an constant war for fifteen centuries since the ARTAX CONFERENCE, but it is said a prophesied hero will..." A composite sketch of the opening of a certain kind of bad script. People hate... Continue Reading →

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