Law and Rules – fiction and non-fiction

Law and rules apply to both fiction and non-fiction. You could be creating a story within a magical land or you could be writing a personal memoir, regardless where the world is set, a world will need building.

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A fantasy world will need a hierarchy of order through law and rules, just as much as a personal story of growth. A reader can only base their understanding of a character when they see the world that they’re a part of. And a character’s growth can be directly linked to the challenges set out by the hierarchy of order that they’re living within.

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In fact, the more plausible and natural the world, the more relatable the character’s actions will be for the reader.

Laws, Rules and Order

Within the world you create for your character, whether it be the real world or one of fantasy, it will come with a set of rules and laws for it to keep order.

For example: Harry Potter and the world of wizarding has a rule that is more important than most: Stay invisible from muggles and keep our world a secret. Another example would be no dark arts magic, or the speaking of the name Voldemort.

These rules, whether they be law or guidance, keep a certain order of practice and control.

Now, if we look at the world of a character from a personal memoir, the same could be said for their story.

For example: They may have been locked up in a prison. They are bound to rules and guidance to maintain control and order. These rules may be the one thing keeping them alive, or the next thing they need to overturn in order to claim their freedom.

Either way, in fantasy or real world scenarios, law, rules and order will become a framework for your plot. That plot will become the playground of your character, and the two will push and pull, creating conflict and resolution as both the world challenges the character, and the character challenges the world they come from.

Should the character be created before the world?

This is always an interesting question to which their is no definitive answer. The creative process is a very personal process made up of much individuality to the person with the creative power. That said, being mindful of the world and how the world impacts the character is of great importance.

A world is not just a pretty scene of wonder. As with characters, worlds must also earn their place within a plot. In fact, a world is as much a character in it’s own entity.

Be ready to create the story that you see

It would be useful to allow the channel for creativity to flow widely when you create a story. Consider the character, consider their conflicts, consider why they are like they are, and what motivates them. What is their goal and what is going to try to stop them.

Every story should be a story of conflict in some way. Conflict and resolution. Find the points of conflict and then find the weaknesses within your characters as well as their world that will enable conflict to be raised and resolution to be found.

Respectfully your guide,