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Playing with Worlds [Mar. 7th, 2006|10:01 pm]

I'm going to try to do this semi-regularly. No promises.

Premise: Writing characters / worlds / situations often works better if you have someone to bounce ideas off of. Questions, comments, and even reading other work can often kick start something.

Now, if you want to publish something, you of course don't want it to be public. Feel free to leave a comment pointing back to a locked entry if so desired.

Characters can be hard to write for a lot of different reasons. Places can be hard too, even if you're writing about the present day. One thing I love is to be able to more or less say, "Well, of course, in this area, breakfast would be X" or "Jane Doe likes X, Y, and Z". Crunchy details adds life to your writing. Also, it can give you plot ideas or conflict.

Give me a character or place, and I'll ask you three questions about it. What'll you get out of this? Hopefully, crunchy details to play with. Perhaps an idea for a character. Perhaps plot ideas. Perhaps something you never even thought of.

So I can play too, I'll give you a format and a place to ask me about.

Who or What? Bonna Lorena, a Venice like city in an unknown future time period. Technology level is an oddly clunky cybernetics - most computers / televisions, etc. need heavy insulation to work even poorly. Lately, the government has become more strict in reaction to a nasty fire and riot. Various civic groups are working to protect human rights with varying levels of success and altruism. One such group is the Cards.

Tell us more. Anything that's great or cruddy in this place / person's life? Good points? Bad points? Things that are unusual? Poor water quality. Almost everyone is on a dole of food. Huge class divide between the upper town and the lower. Corruption. Nasty genetic disease in the area, but it's not wide spread. It's a lovely city though, and it used to be a thriving port town. Decent literacy rates (average of about fourth grade.) Computers and internet are widespread, but censored. There're no roads in Lorena, practically. Only canals and the swampy edges.

Any concerns about this place or person / problems / questions? I'm writing mostly from an insider view of the city. Questions about daily life would be good. Questions about anything can probably get an answer.

Tomorrow, I'll post some sample questions, if I have time, and the reasoning behind them.

[User Picture]From: yukie1013
2006-03-08 02:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, crunchy!

...This is a nonsensical question but - regarding Montague, what's his day-job? And Yvette's day job for that matter? I dunno if I ever knew of these and forgot (brain r sieve)...

Ensui claims the TVs aren't his fault. Yes darling.
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[User Picture]From: corvid
2006-03-08 03:51 pm (UTC)
Montague's got his army pension and the saved money from his work as a bodygaurd / general thug for some of the gangs. Other than that, he's really not earning any money. That's not uncommon with veterns in the Lower Town. The pension isn't a comfortable amount, but it's enough to live decently.

Yvette's family runs an import / export businesss and she's the heir to it. Primarily, she works with artisans in the Lower Town and the Upper Town to find talents that can be sold through her company. She's also running some of the charity programs funded by the company (things like health clinics, vaccination programs, and green spaces - a project to get gardens in courtyards to help clean the water.) On the average, it's about a 5 hour a day job, but she's got enough money and people to pass some of the work off on others.
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[User Picture]From: yukie1013
2006-03-08 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ah, cool! I see. And that - yeah. Montague strikes me as the kind of guy who doesn't enjoy sitting around not doing much, and bodyguarding is something he's good at. He knows when NOT to draw his weapon, which is (as Seph keeps mrrting) the most important thing. Also he's a calming presence, and he can loom at ninnies 'til they go away.

Vicky meee~eeees at Yvette.
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[User Picture]From: corvid
2006-03-08 05:11 pm (UTC)
*nods* He quit the bodyguard / thug role before Damien got out of prison. He got tired of having to keep on edge and dealing with kids half his age trying to prove something. He did have people who thought he couldn't be that good because of his bad arm, so there was a fair amount of "Look, you _will_ respect me" kind of stuff. Plus, people didn't like that he wasn't throwing his lot in with one gang / family / group. By keeping separate, he could leave a lot more easily, and he wasn't in debt to anyone.

Hee. Hi, Vicky.
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