The story world deals with the passing of time, as well as a sense of place. There are the passing of the seasons, the wear and tear and age and decay of life. No storyworld is pristine and unmarked. There are births and marriages and death. There is the rubbish that litters the street and [...]
Every story you write has its own set of laws as absolute as physics. Your world may be in the 1880s, or the 1920s. It is not just a matter of what kind of transport was commonly available, or what was served in a restaurant. Your world covers everything from fashion to technology. Nail it [...]
This is the story’s straight jacket. When the story world is small you find you will have more choices. Also, if you don’t know your world, then you will find yourself writing clichés.
A constant factor is a variable that cannot be changed. Some are purposeful and selected by the scientist to control the experiment while others are universal and beyond the scientist's control. If the scientist does not note the constants, then these can lead to perceptual errors in the experiment. So too with your story world. [...]
If you're working on a story, then start by thinking of all the locations that feature in the story. Then against each location list the things that happen. Then add the names of characters who will be in these scenes. Now list any objects which you can see in this location. Now you have the [...]