Title of Presentation or Performance

The Architecture Behind a Story: A Look at the Interaction Between Worldbuilding and Character to Create a Dynamic Plot

Presenter and Advisor Information

Savanna Steck, Illinois Wesleyan University

Type of Submission (Archival)

Event

Faculty Advisor

Michael Theune

Expected Graduation Date

2018

Location

Room E105, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

4-21-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

4-21-2018 12:00 PM

Disciplines

Education

Abstract

Aspiring writers are taught from the onset what plot is and what it is supposed to accomplish in a novel. It is a device used to arrange events in a novel to create meaning within a fictional world, which writers then use to form a complex narrative. My project explores my process for building a fantasy world, in published fiction and my own creative writing, which interacts with the characters in the novel to create a dynamic plot. When constructing a novel, the world the novel exists in plays an integral role in shaping the plot. Such things as laws that govern the world, the constraints of magic, or even the characters’ backstories set up the framework for the fictional world. But it is the characters’ interaction and reactions to the elements of the fictional world that creates dynamic situations that form the plot of the novel.

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Apr 21st, 11:00 AM Apr 21st, 12:00 PM

The Architecture Behind a Story: A Look at the Interaction Between Worldbuilding and Character to Create a Dynamic Plot

Room E105, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Aspiring writers are taught from the onset what plot is and what it is supposed to accomplish in a novel. It is a device used to arrange events in a novel to create meaning within a fictional world, which writers then use to form a complex narrative. My project explores my process for building a fantasy world, in published fiction and my own creative writing, which interacts with the characters in the novel to create a dynamic plot. When constructing a novel, the world the novel exists in plays an integral role in shaping the plot. Such things as laws that govern the world, the constraints of magic, or even the characters’ backstories set up the framework for the fictional world. But it is the characters’ interaction and reactions to the elements of the fictional world that creates dynamic situations that form the plot of the novel.