Developing a Fictional World
Welcome to my e-portfolio, my name is Teresa Kaho and I am currently studying towards a BA double major in Creative Writing and English & New Media Studies at AUT. Literature and film have always been a passion of mine since I was a child and I have always allowed my imagination, thoughts and emotions to be released through poem or short stories. I am in my second year of my Creative Writing major and although I have already submitted some works of fiction in the past I have found that I have never put much creativity and effort into the setting for my storylines. A story comprises of character, theme, plot, conflict, resolution and setting. However, I always tend to focus more on character and plot development and only write about the setting in geographical and plain terms. It is for this reason that I wish to develop my own fictional world and apply this to a children’s fantasy as way of exploring this area of fiction writing. I believe focusing on developing a fictional world would help me establish what genre of writing I would truly like to focus on in the future, exercise my imagination better and help me become a more effective storyteller. Ultimately, I hope to become an accomplished author or scriptwriter. I intend to post weekly from the ideas and outlines for a fictional world inspired by my research to the final draft of a children’s fantasy short story. Below is my plan to keep me on track with this goal:
|5||This week, I am focusing on understanding the makings of a fictional world (FW): Read ‘Building Your Story’s Setting’, ‘Fiction Writing: How to Create a Believable World for Your Characters’, ‘Children’s Literature: Fantasy’ and ‘The theory of Fictional Worlds from the Perspective of Structural Analysis’. Post story outline and ideas for FW.||– my outline identifies characters, plot, point of view, setting, style, and theme of my story||http://www.novel-writing-help.com/story-setting.html|
|6||This week, I focus on inspiration and begin developing my FW: Watch ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ film, ‘J K Rowling on how she created Harry Potter’, read ‘The Places That Inspired JK Rowling’, take note of the features and creative inspirations. Begin posting details of my FW.||-My FW outline identifies and describes a location and settings in terms of place and time. i.e. Establishes whether there is an alternate universe, past or distant future, planet, dimension or parallel worlds.
-My FW outline specifies and describes the type of species of that world, i.e. humans, mix of mythical creatures, existing creatures, made-up species or a mix. Including any social classes or cultural differences.
-My FW outline identifies and describes a government system, i.e. a monarchy, democracy, dictatorship or to be left a mystery to reflect disorder.
-My FW outine identifies and describes any historical context to explain the current state of my FW.
-My FW outline includes magical or supernatural elements.
-My FW outline identifies and describes its’ physical features and state
‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone DVD
AS WELL AS SOURCES FROM PREVIOUS WEEK
|This week, I start thinking about my first draft and cont. developing my FW ideas: Read ‘Creative Writing 101: Show vs. Tell’, ‘Possible-World Theories and the Two Fictional Worlds of More’s Utopia: How Much (and How) Can We Apply?’ and continue posting details of my FW.||THE SAME AS WEEK 6||http://www.wright.edu/~david.wilson/eng3830/creativewriting101.pdf
AS WELL AS SOURCES FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS
|8||This week, I cont. focusing on the details of my FW’s features: post FW details developed so far. Begin reading ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’story taking notes of the descriptions of Narnia.||THE SAME AS WEEK 6||‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S Lewis e-book or Novel
AS WELL AS SOURCES FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS
|This week, I finish the details of my FW and begin my first draft of story: Read ‘Theory of Mind and Children’s Engagement in Fantasy Worlds’ and ‘The F Word: Writing Fantasy for Children’ and post my FW outline and begin first draft so far. Cont. reading ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’||THE SAME AS WEEK 6||http://udel.edu/~rdore/Dore,%20Lillard%20-%202015%20-%20Theory%20of%20mind%20and%20children%27s%20engagement%20in%20fantasy%20worlds.pdf|
|This week, I cont. with my first draft and begin study the FW of Narnia created by C.S Lewis: Begin piecing all the elements of my story and FW together. Finish reading ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’. Watch ‘Narnia’ film. Post what I have drafted so far.||-My settings go beyond the world of reality (i.e they have magical or supernatural elememts)
-My FW is vividly and convincingly described using the ‘show don’t tell’ method where relevant.
-Characters are well developed and behave in believable ways (e.g. the protagonist gp ossesses a clearly defined personality and exhibits growth during the course of the story)
-The plot is well structured and believable too with logical actions
-The resolution makes sense within the realm of my FW or the rules of my FW
-Themes reflect the same universal ideas present in other forms of children’s literature (e.g. the value of friendship, loyalty, the overcoming of fear, respect for others, coming of age)
AS WELL AS SOURCES FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS
|This week, I begin comparing my FW with the successful FW of C.S Lewis: Finish writing first draft. Finish reading ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ take notes of descriptions and elements to compare and contrast.||THE SAME AS WEEK 10||THE SAME AS PREVIOUS WEEKS|
|12||This week, I begin working on my final draft: Incorporate suggestions where useful or relevant from discussions and feedback. Make any final creative changes where necessary.||THE SAME AS WEEK 10||THE SAME AS PREVIOUS WEEKS|
|This week I carry on from last week; finishing and posting my final draft. Check off criterias.||THE SAME AS WEEK 6 AND 10||THE SAME AS PREVIOUS WEEKS|
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Wendig, C. (2015). 25 Things You Should Know About Worldbuilding. terribleminds: chuck wendig. Retrieved 22 March 2017, from http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/09/17/25-things-you-should-know-about-worldbuilding/
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Hillebrant, T., Hillebrant, A. (2014). Fiction Writing: How to Create a Believable World for Your Characters. The Write Life. Retrieved 13 March 2017, from https://thewritelife.com/worldbuilding/
Bloomberg (2015, February 2). J.K. Rowling: Creating Harry Potter’s Fantasy Empire [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2adjz-KG9Y
Etiqamarela (2009, February 18). J K Rowling on how she created Harry Potter [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDhtJU7uLrQ
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Burns, R. (2003). Creative Writing 101: Show vs. Tell (pp. 1-6). Colorado: R. Michael Burns. Retrieved from http://www.wright.edu/~david.wilson/eng3830/creativewriting101.pdf
Lorente, J. (2017). Possible-World Theories and the Two Fictional Worlds of More’s Utopia: How Much (and How) Can We Apply? (pp. 117-122). Murcia: University of Murcia. Retrieved from http://sederi.org/docs/yearbooks/06/6_13_martinez.pdf
Creating a fantasy world? Ask 10 questions. (2017). Now Novel. Retrieved 16 March 2017, from http://www.nownovel.com/blog/10-questions-ask-fantasy-world/
Dore, R., & Lillard, A. (2015). Theory of Mind and Children’s Engagement in Fantasy Worlds (1st ed., pp. 230-239). Virginia: University of Virginia. Retrieved from http://udel.edu/~rdore/Dore,%20Lillard%20-%202015%20-%20Theory%20of%20mind%20and%20children%27s%20engagement%20in%20fantasy%20worlds.pdf
Stroud, J. (2011). The F Word: Writing Fantasy for Children | The Patrick Hardy Lecture 2011 (pp. 1-16). Retrieved from http://www.jonathanstroud.com/images_news/jonathan_stroud_patrick_hardy_lecture.pdf