1-3: Building the World (SF)

Posted on: by Michael Tringe

Key Points

Building the World

  • Where does the story take place? When are we? What happened before the story starts?
  • Make sure the logic of your story makes sense
  • What are the rules of your world? What makes it different from the real world? What separates it from the worlds of existing shows?


  • Write the set-up for your world.
  • Write down the essential rules of the road.

Written by Michael Tringe

Mike Tringe earned his MFA in Film Production from USC and has worked at Creative Artists Agency Film Sales (Paranormal Activity, Black Swan), Vuguru, Michael Eisner's multi-platform studio, (The Booth at the End (Hulu), Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Snag), Little Women Big Cars (AOL), and Blip Networks (300 million monthly views, Smosh, Annoying Orange, Nostalgia Critic).

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