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Bearses



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:50 pm    Post subject: story setting? Reply with quote

i need help with my story setting.

it needs to be set in a metropolis in the future, but i also wanted to use earth as a setting, specifically winnipeg, to sort of ground it in reality.

so i'm thinking: under what circumstances could winnipeg ever become a metropolis. then i asked myself, "why did winnipeg flourish in the first place?" its location. it acted as the central hub for the whole continent, both in terms of trade and travel.

so let's say oil runs out in 30 years, and we switch to a combination of alternatives to bridge the gap (natural electricity, nuclear power, coal). then railways open up across the continent and winnipeg flourishes, selling hydro electricity to surrounding nations and growing into a steampunk metropolis.

my question is: would you, as a reader, buy this setting?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You wrote:
my question is: would you, as a reader, buy this setting?

Why not? I've been hearing more about Winnipeg these days, so it certainly feels like as real a place as any to start. Then you put on top things that are in current public discussion (i.e., fuel questions), and I see no reason to doubt it.

The biggest question would be how much research/depth you intend to put in. Are you going to try to convince the audience that you really know how to power nations? Then you'd better be pretty thorough/accurate in subsequent details or else you'll lose belief. But are you basically going to stop the worldbuilding right after the above and then move on with the plot? Then don't worry about it; just write.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say just commit to it. If your characters believe it, your reader will. If you spend page after page describing how your world works and its history and the reason the way it is the way it is, your plot will suffer.

Your setting sounds awesome. Don't fret so much about it though.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suspension of belief can work a world of wonders, literally and figuratively.
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Make...something?

Shit man, I can barely make a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich. I can't make a watch.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto what the above three said. Honestly, you sold me on the setting just on your brief description. It's viable. It's believable.

And you won't believe it's not butter!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

justin_ruch1180 wrote:
I would definitely buy it..

Hmm, nice name/number combination. I'll be deleting your post in a very short time if you don't prove you're a human.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

he's clearly not
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only thing is the (likely) coincidental use of the word "buy." This is a perfectly normal thing for spam bots to toss out, but its combination with this thread makes it fit in context. I'm watching to see if/when the bot comes back and edits the post to include actual spam.

What, you mean to tell me that you don't need more links to textiles, mail-order brides, and ironic "computer protection" programs in your thread?

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