Tuesday Tips: How to Build a Fictional World

Hello everyone.

I ran across a great video by Kate Messner on TEDEd about how to make a fictional world that your audience believes in. Why would that be important? By having a concrete foundation, characters become real, places may be found by turning the right corner, laws can come into account and you know it will happen.

Kate gives some great examples in her video of literary works that have us readers “KNOWING” these things could happen…


So remember when you are writing a story…

  • Give your story a base
  • Set rules / guidelines / regulations
  • Have your characters follow those rules
  • Do not sway from them

Before you know it, you will have the foundation of a world that no one was aware of… that is until they opened your book.



Kate Messner

   Kate Messner is an award-winning author whose books for kids have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. was the winner of the 2010 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers. Kate also spent fifteen years teaching middle school and earned National Board Certification in 2006.  She lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves spending time outside, whether it’s kayaking in the summer or skating on the frozen lake when the temperatures drop.

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