Story World Constants

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. The physical rules of your story world, both physical and social should remain constant. Your characters will be the only variables. Establishing the story world’s constants at the beginning of the story allows the reader to focus on what really matters: the story.

Start with the Storyworld

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 basis for a series of scenes. Just fill in the details and use these panoramic views to stimulate your writing.