Building Storyworlds

robert | September 3, 2013  ‐  No Comments

I really must recommend Mark Wolf’s excellent book “Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation“. It’s full of great insights and examples. What occurs to me is that I often illustrate multiple stories existing inside a storyworld without dwelling too much on what’s inside all that space that fills the storyworld – there’s a kind of dark matter that holds everything together. This got me thinking about how storyworld elements are revealed – usually partially although sometimes more comprehensively – in each story. And this lead to the infographic below 🙂

Update: in my initial posting of the diagram I didn’t have non-narrative touchpoints. These are objects or experiences that reveal the storyworld but need not in themselves tell a story. For example maps, excavated bones, broadcasts from a radio station, Tweets from a civic institution: they reveal the world’s values and history and geography but don’t necessarily deliver plot.