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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Writing Exercise: Unexpected Consequence


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First Step, Initial Worldbuilding - Second Step, Unintended Consequences

Basically one part of worldbuilding is taking the change made in the world and parse it out to additional layers. Only when a writer commits to the consequences of those first choices does the world become real.

Example: Punk cuts off arm and replaces with cyber arm. We know the back muscles will also need replacement for the strength modification and likely the leg bones to support any additional weight carried. It will need to be charged, lets say solar thread replaced hair, plus a nighttime recharge against a wall. Yea - change and then additional change.

One step further, I had a friend with a missing body part - her daily calorie count was about 300 less than one would expect for someone her size (and she was small) - so her calorie count needed to hover about 1,200 except for special days. Not a diet to lose weight, but the meat missing from her body mass that no longer needed to be repaired, heated or function required her to take in less energy producing products or gain weight quickly. So this huge cyber punk guy guy with the cyber arm, replaced bones and adjusted muscles likely eats like a bird! ... Oh, and additional question with 3 out of 4 of his limbs missing natural long bones - how is his body making all the blood necessary - is it necessary with the missing body parts - does he make more than he needs now?

WRITING EXERCISE: Okay - so for your present work - come up with one unexpected consequence and explain it below. Now you don't want to do this all the time because you can spend forever on worldbuilding, but having one or two of these takes you beyond - well, the dude can fly, the wand makes magic. 

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