IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! The DIAMOND prompts are lastly right here! Let’s unpack wave 4 of our world constructing summer time camp, share some concepts, and head for fulfillment!
The Diamond theme: Monstrous
The theme for this immediate launch is all about monsters! Battle is a extremely necessary factor in any story (novel or marketing campaign) to maintain issues shifting, so monsters are a good way to introduce that. Now, a monster doesn’t need to be a nightmarish creature if that doesn’t suit your world. In the event you write intrigue, the “monster” may very well be a villainous faction throughout the authorities, plotting to overthrow the great King. In the event you’re making an attempt to maintain a feel-good temper to your world, the monster be one thing as harmless as a serial chocolate thief!
If you wish to tie these prompts to the opposite three themes, it’s fairly straightforward! We people concern the unknown, which signifies that there are many alternatives to create monstrous stuff within the expanse or the invention we wrote about within the Copper and Silver prompts. As for the Management theme, perhaps the leaders are the true monsters! Or they may very well be main the battle towards them too.
Summer season Camp 2022: Diamond Prompts
Keep in mind, you possibly can fill in all of the Worldbuilding Summer season Camp 2022 prompts from our Summer season Camp 2022 Web page!
Someplace in your world setting describe…
1.a species thought of monstrous by some
Spiders, orcs, Xenomorph (Alien), Terminator (The Terminator), the Cookie Monster (The Muppets)
If you wish to write about an precise monster, that’s your immediate! You may method it from many alternative angles. For instance, you can write a couple of species that isn’t actually harmful to people (like many spiders and snakes) however individuals nonetheless concern it. Or you can go all in with the monstrous half and have your individual Xenomorph! In the event you select to have an clever monstrous species, you could take into consideration society. Have they got a tradition? Have they got emotions? Take a look at your meta and see what would suit your world higher, and do not forget that the solutions to those questions can have deep implications in your world!
2.a fable or city legend a couple of “monster”
Werewolves, Mayor (Ghost within the Shell)
Monstrous issues are sometimes amplified by tales and legends—and even when a monster is definitely actual and harmful, individuals will typically distort its true nature out of concern. However it’s also possible to give these tales sensible use. For instance, if the “monster” is an enemy nation, the federal government may fabricate tales to govern their residents or to maintain them below management. Or if the monsters are literally actual, there may very well be warnings disguised as tales in order that they aren’t misplaced by time.
3.a practice that retains monsters or dangerous luck away
Halloween, salt round a door, the Easy Guidelines (Shadows for Silence within the Forests of Hell)
Okay, so we’ve monsters. Now we’ve bought to discover a technique to hold them away! The way you do that is as much as you and it’ll rely in your world’s inner guidelines too (such because the magic system if in case you have one). For instance, in Shadows for Silence within the Forests of Hell, by Brandon Sanderson, the monsters are shades, a form of ghost-like creatures that kill people. So as to hold them away, individuals can use silver or observe the three Easy Guidelines (don’t kindle a flame, don’t shed the blood of one other, don’t run at evening). These strategies are associated to the setting’s magic system, however they’re additionally impressed by actual life: silver bullets are mentioned to kill werewolves (in folklore), and the Easy Guidelines are impressed by Jewish legal guidelines on what can and may’t be accomplished on Shabbat. Utilizing the actual world as inspiration is all the time a good way so as to add a way of realism to your setting!
4.a situation thought of monstrous or “unfortunate” by some
Leprosy, left-handedness (traditionally), lycanthropy, zombie plague
There are lots of the reason why there may very well be a stigma towards a situation. Stigma typically seems when there’s a lack of information (for instance, leprosy wasn’t actually understood till comparatively just lately), but it surely may be for cultural causes. Being left-handed isn’t objectively worse than being right-handed, and but there’s a powerful bias towards left-handedness in our society, even at present. So, whereas an really harmful or lethal situation may very well be attention-grabbing to put in writing about, you can additionally describe a totally innocent situation that’s misunderstood by most individuals!
5.a corporation thought of merciless or monstrous by some
The Authorities, Knights Radiant (The Stormlight Archive), the Empire (Star Wars)
When speaking about monstrous organizations, we get into an much more subjective space. What somebody would possibly contemplate evil (for instance, a rustic’s authorities), another person may contemplate good. Because the writer of a fictional world, you possibly can actually play with the perceptions of your viewers by framing organizations in a really particular technique to get your level throughout (for instance, Star Wars’ Empire is “objectively” evil from the viewers’s perspective). However you possibly can subvert this by later altering how the group is seen. In The Stormlight Archive, the Knights Radiant are framed as traitors to society by most individuals, together with essential characters, however because the story goes on the notion we get of them as readers adjustments.
6.an individual thought of villainous or monstrous
Cruella de Vil, Sauron (The Lord of the Rings), Agent Smith (The Matrix)
Time to get villainous! Within the earlier immediate, you created a corporation—now you possibly can create its chief! It’s a good way to attach prompts collectively, however in fact you don’t have to should you don’t wish to. In spite of everything, evil leaders can typically be extra well-known than their organizations! Each Sauron and agent Smiths had been essentially the most outstanding members of their organizations, however their circumstances had been totally different. Sauron was the chief of his group (though he used to work for an even bigger grasp) and agent Smith was simply that, an agent. However in each instances, they’re the principle villains as a result of they signify what they’re up towards. So, when creating your villainous individual, make them an emblem too they usually’ll have extra weight in your setting’s story!
7.an artifact that embodies a hideous or monstrous thought
Weapons, a cursed e-book, the One Ring (The Lord of the Rings), the Monster E-book of Monsters (Harry Potter)
Time to go wild along with your magic merchandise concepts! Or your super-cool expertise concepts should you’re within the sci-fi camp. Take into consideration not solely what it may well do, but in addition about who created it and for what goal. After which, if you’d like, join it to every other immediate(s)! It may very well be a relic the evil group is guarding, one thing the evil individual wears, or one thing else solely. You may as well take a light-hearted method to the immediate if that higher suits your setting’s tone. For instance, the Monster E-book of Monsters from Harry Potter is a helpful handbook about monsters that’s additionally alive and can chomp something it may well discover (together with your palms).
What’s your favourite immediate? Share your suggestions within the feedback!
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