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Writing Prompt #191 “A World Apart Part 1”

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This week we are doing something a little bit different you are going to create a fictional landscape/dreamscape. For those of you worried about the collages there are still more to come in future installments!

Step 1 is the setting. If you don’t feel comfortable creating a place from scratch you can use a preexisting place such as Hogwart’s Academy, Venus, Toronto, your local coffee shop, The Shire, Sigil, Gotham etc.

Or in more generic terms you can describe/create
A planet
A city
A village
A school
A hospital
An institution
A playground
A household
Basically any place you can think of

For this first exercise you don’t need to describe the inhabitants in detail, the religious or philosophical beliefs, the government/codes of conduct because that will come in later installments. For this first exercise I just want you to focus on the appearance and qualities of the location. You can write a profile for your locale as I will do below by way of example, a story/poem or both as the profile is helpful for keeping track of information. Feel free to use the format of the profile I have created below if you are also creating a planet (it isn’t required though). The amount of detail is completely up to you so no need to get overwhelmed. If a planet seems too daunting describe a smaller more confined space. Artwork is also welcome.

Here is an example of a profile (note it is not necessary to go into scientific detail). This is only an example though I had so much fun doing it that I ended up getting completely carried away. Feel free to borrow from my profile for inspiration. Also I realize it could take longer than a week to do this so no worries post whenever you are done!

Planet Name: Fallow Farce
Location: Ignis Fatuus Galaxy
Moons: 3 (Wisteria, Xanthus, Wraithmoor)
Suns: 1 artificial (Discord) composed of special heat-releasing crystals that cast a purple hue over the planet
Nearby Planets: 6 (Paramnesia, Psychophoria, Deja Vu, Bedlam, Anarkadia, Cicatrix)
Closest Nebula: (Hysteria)
Size: comparable to earth but with less inhabitable land
Atmosphere: similar in composition to earth (slightly more oxygenated)
Gravity: 9% stronger than earth
Age of Planet: 37 million years
Population: 9 million (Chaos and Void only)
Primary Sentient Races: 3 (Chaos a demonic race, Void a transdimensional demonic race, The Tide energy springs)
Note: The Tide are theorized to live within the planet’s liquid core. Some even believe that The Tide might be the planet’s liquid core. The Void live in underground temples. The Chaos live in traditional (often single-occupancy) mud-brick houses.
Ecosystem: Desert (55%), Forest (15%), Marine (14%), Oasis (10%), Savanna (6%)
Duration of a Day: 29 hours
Number of Seasons: 6 (Darkness, Halcyon, Tide, Wane, Schism, and Lilith)
Darkness is a state of dormancy. The planet and all the occupants simply cease to exist. There is no predictable pattern to the Darkness.
Halcyon is the equivalent of spring. The desert landscape is transformed into a garden of Eden. The flowers release pheromones into the air which send the occupants of the planet into an orgiastic frenzy.
During tide, colorful sentient springs called The Tide bubble up from the ground. The springs have strong psychogenic effects and the energy beings that live within them use the corporeal residents of the landscape for reproduction (they steal their sexual fluids though it is not known precisely what happens after that).
Wane is a time of extreme famine and drought. The temperature plummets. The planet is plunged into darkness.
Schism is a time of extreme hostility. The temperature increases. Then sun never fully sets.
During Lilith dreams and thought become reality. Heaven and hell in the figurative sense twine together.
Temperature Range: -10 degrees Celsius to 63 degrees Celsius
Natural Disasters: Heat Storms, Sand Tsunamis, Sinkholes, Volcanic Eruptions, Landslides, Wildfires, Dryadic Dispersion (the trees, though not sentient as such, can walk around in search of water and nutrients), Droughts, Earthquakes, Sand Fires, The Tide, Darkness, Crystallization (a cancerous growth of crystals)
Largest Settlement (The Chaos): Bedlam’s Razor
Other Prominent Settlements of The Chaos: Harlequin’s Mirror, Cerebral Chasm, Maelstrom’s Cabal, Delirium’s Door
Largest Settlement (The Void): Ghost Cell
Other Prominent Settlements of The Void: Dire Cell, Whisper Cell, Mourning Cell, Empty Cell
Only Shared Settlement: Blood Cull (underground)
Larger of the 2 Seas: Marrow Brine (The water is highly nutritious and thought to have healing properties.)
Smaller of the 2 Seas: The Requiem (prolific with primitive marine life)
Largest Sea Creature: Sybil (a psychic whale-like creature, jet black and about 16 meters long), Chroma (an octopus-like creature about 9 meters long that uses its color-changing abilities to hypnotize its prey)
Longest River: The Dervish (4, 400 km)
Largest Freshwater Lake: Lachryma
Largest Freshwater-dwelling Creature: Lachryma (white seal-like creature with bright blue eyes, black rimmed, with tear-shaped markings about 2.5 meters long, lives on the shore during the day and in underwater caves at night)
Largest Waterfall: 1,200 meters (colorful fish dance in and out of the spray as if oblivious to gravity)
Largest Canyon: Entropic Breach (10 times larger than the Grand Canyon)
Largest Forest: Coven of Solace (the trees are barren much of the year in order to conserve water when in full bloom they have small leaves and large blossoms of every conceivable color combination.
Largest Tree: Magna which looks similar to the Baobab but with dark purple foliage and lavender wood.
Largest Forest-dwelling Creature: Panthera Arcane (185 kg)
Largest Desert: The Oracle (prolific with reptilian lifeforms, cacti and succulents)
Largest Desert-dwelling Creature: Grave Turner (a flightless dragon-like creature about 30 meters long from snout to tail that feeds mostly on carcasses)
Largest Serpent: Bone Bender (6 meters long)
Largest Creature Capable of Flight: Halcyon Obscura (wing-span 11 meters, beautiful multi-colored feathers)
Largest Crystal Formation: Xaerrin’s Asylum (Spectral Leeches are the only creature that live within the crystal formation. Spectral Leeches are transparent, invertebrates that feed on prana/chi.)
Largest Mountain Range: Diablo’s Grin (8,000 meters at the highest peek)
Largest Mountain-dwelling Creature: Grim Scythe (feline/reptile hybrid about the size of a leopard)
Largest Monolith: The Maw 1,000 meter high rock projections that look like canines. The Maw extends for 18 km (inhabited by Demented Eremites a type of vulture that has teeth and appears to be smiling. Its hauntingly beautiful song sounds like a hymn. The bird itself is grey with a single red feather at the top of its head if male and a single blue feather in its tail if female. Aside from the Demented Eremite a wide variety of lizards, small rodents, and scorpions occupy the area.)
Largest Oasis: Cradle of Mirth
Largest Oasis-dwelling Creature: Panthera Morpheus (has shape-shifting capabilities)
Largest Cave System: Spectral Dystopia 310 square kilometers (inhabited by wraith-like creatures known as The Ruin)
Largest Volcano: Kasdeya 258 square kilometers
Tallest Sand Dune: 400 meters and 315 square kilometers
Notable Sand Dune-dwellers: Razor-Tongue (a lizard that looks like a bearded dragon except it is completely blue and has a barbed venomous tongue), philo-plume (a white fox-like creature with a feathered tale, the feathers change color when mating, the philo-plume is the only animal that can eat the razor-tongue due to an antivenom found in its blood).
Other Notable Landmarks: Cthulhu’s Fortress largest underwater mountain (3,700 meters): Abysm largest underwater trench (-13,ooo meters):  13th Dimension (no one knows exactly how large the cave is but when you walk inside it is like stepping into the universe itself, there appears to be no ceiling, walls, or floor, strange white lights dance in the darkness): War of the Beasts a 38 square kilometer graveyard filled with the complete skeletons of 35 meter behemoths: Doors of Ocanthus 7 consecutive and identical natural arches of 120 meters in height. The arches are portals to the 6 neighboring planets. The 7th arch is the exit into Fallow Farce.
Largest Insect: Succubus (A moth/sylph with lavender and mint colored feathers and a 1 meter wingspan. The body of the moth resembles the human female form. The species reproduce asexually as they are all female. The name of the moth comes only from their beauty as they are completely harmless.
Largest Arachnid: Deathweaver (32 cm,  this spider weaves portals that appear deceptively like multi-colored webs. Unlike a web physical contact is not necessary to capture prey as the portal has a powerful suctioning force. On entering the portal the prey is reduced to energy which the spider then absorbs.)

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Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded I am 32 and married (almost 13 years) with a beautiful 5 year old daughter. Everyone thinks I'm a hippie.

21 comments on “Writing Prompt #191 “A World Apart Part 1”

  1. mindlovemisery
    December 18, 2016

    Reblogged this on mindlovemisery.

  2. Stephanie Colpron
    December 18, 2016

    That’s an awesome world building process wow! I’m totally impressed. Missing an awed smiley there. Twill be a fun one to work with.

    • mindlovemisery
      December 18, 2016

      I cannot wait to see what everyone will come up with! I am very excited because I think if we can get through all the stages of this thing by the end we will each have created something very special

      • Stephanie Colpron
        December 18, 2016

        I can foresee a few prompts down the road and I guess I might be working on the project I ended up not completing for NaNoWriMo. I wrote every day, my 2k words but not on the novel I wanted to write so it’ll be good. World building will make the story stronger. Love the idea 😊😊👍👍

      • mindlovemisery
        December 18, 2016

        Please feel free to share any ideas you have about the prompt XD I am so glad to hear that! I wondered how the idea would be received because it is quite a bit bigger than what we usually take on

      • Stephanie Colpron
        December 18, 2016

        I love it 👌🏻👌🏻

  3. Laura Marie Clark
    December 18, 2016

    Reblogged this on Let it come from the heart and commented:
    Here’s a great writing exercise for you to try!

  4. Going to reblog this too. Wonderous prompt and writing exercise. Love your planetary piece — a lot of great ideas and imagination went into to that. Makes for a good example. Awesome and awe inspiring.

    • mindlovemisery
      December 18, 2016

      Thank you so much Lorraine =) I had so much fun writing it!

  5. Reblogged this on Lorraine's frilly freudian slip and commented:

    This is a fantabulous way to create a world and stretch your imagination and writing skills.
    I’m really looking forward to this exercise and to reading what other folks write too.
    Awesome job, Yves.

  6. smilecalm
    December 18, 2016

    such a welcoming world
    skillfully designed 🙂

  7. Stephanie Colpron
    December 18, 2016

    Reblogged this on Word Adventures and commented:
    This is a marvellous prompt to help you create your world. I’m working on my response while strolling around London (more like running behind my husband really 😜).

  8. I started my response as a narrative and realized it would have to be serialized just so it was in digestible bites!
    I will try a more concise format like Yves though I’m describing a land not a whole planet (at least I don’t think I am.)

  9. I chose too much “ground to cover” and became bogged down. I may have to sit out and write a something at the end about one area of my world. It takes shape, to be honest, as my character moves through it, and to describe the areas she has yet to reach is fun, but takes away from my ever finishing her story. I thought there was a core of a book, but my mind is no longer sharp enough to wrap around all the logistics, let along her story. She is stranded for now until a prompt or my mind can move her.
    I think your idea is fantastic and I’ve printed it off and put it in my writing file.

    • mindlovemisery
      December 30, 2016

      I think writing about one area is a great idea! A world is a monstrous undertaking and the only reason I have done it, is because my world isn’t fully civilized. There is so much of my world that is uninhabited/empty. I can’t even imagine writing about a planet like earth! I am also thinking of my world more like an rpg game. You never see the whole planet just small areas and then only a few key points in each of those areas. You can always add more but start with one idea.

      • Maybe your world will become an rpg game — it has all the necessary and the bonuses to be one as I understand them.

      • mindlovemisery
        December 30, 2016

        I don’t have the computer skills to create a computer game but it would be so cool to see this world in a game!

    • mindlovemisery
      December 30, 2016

      If you have already written about this world use a place you have already explored, something familiar and tangible.

      • A lot of my stories take place in a kind of fairy tale, nebulous middle-ages sort of place — part of the larger world I was working on in a way.
        I think your suggestion is great and I’ll use that as my “playground” for this prompt.
        I was thinking of this as helping a particular new character on her quest, but it is bigger that I thought — thanks for showing me the literal (and literature) difference between a novelette and a whole book.
        I write on my own that I don’t publish, and these stories (and some posted) do take place in this world. Stories of over 15,000 and 20,000 words no less (without any editing and filling in the ***** place holders, lol.
        Characters have shifted behaviour and skills between stories — I can work on that with your later prompts.

      • mindlovemisery
        December 30, 2016

        Oh wow! You have a lot to be proud of with all that you have accomplished with your story. I look forward to reading your responses and feel free to share things you have already written.

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