Fictional Worlds

Create Your Own World!

“Create Your Own World!” is a motto of visionary artists. We all enjoy escaping into, and journeying within, fictional realms. Some aspire to create their own unique artistic worlds. 

Intended for all readers who love literature and film, and especially for writers, educators, narratologists, media scholars and practitioners, screenwriters, filmmakers, and videogame designers, the new set of books about narrative world-building points at new ways of navigating, exploring, and creating entrancing fictional universes.

Available in print and as a four-part Kindle set, Fictional Worlds was also released on iTunes as an interactive, illustrated and expanded transmedia edition. The Fictional Worlds books are part of a new series Storytelling on Screen. 

Enter and browse Fictional Worlds  the book set and its website! We invite all visitors to leave comments and ask questions. Let discussions begin!

Unfolding Tweets

This page is for "note taking" and small talk on creative writing. Often a tweet touches upon a useful idea that may need an explanation.

Tweets here are in no particular order.

* The question of Timing. Great #screenplay ideas in everyday news: this one a sort of a follow up to #Casablanca …

The Atlantic posts a story about a (impatient? free-spirited? unruly? responsible?) US reported defied the order to wait for the official permission for the release of the news that Nazi Germany surrended in WWII. There is a premise for a conflict, a drama, even a thriller. Who controled information? And the timing? Why? Was it wrong or rigth to release the news asap, without regard to orders? Was it the question of lives that can be saved at the last minutes of war? Was it the question of political prestige? The aura of winners? This story about the reported, surbame Kennedy, can be turned in so many ways, even as a TV series - of many lives and paths of war coming togther at this moment, of the news release. This story is an amazing example of how a new story (about a story) can be turned into a meaningful screen drama; perhaps with many different ipinions and agandas among the chrcaters, yet ultimately binging atttaention and celebrating one of the most importnt days of human history.

To Return or Not to Return?

Stories in which return home is problematic

#Journey stories from traveling through #Wonderlands to #SciFi are crucial to humankind. Do the heroes alway return?

#Journey stories from traveling through #Wonderlands to #SciFi are crucial to humankind. Do the heroes alway return?

We are profoundly invested in both plot-drivng trajectories - the hero's movement forward, into the Unknown; yet also in his or her return. This fundamental paradigm is at the basis of The Odyssey. If or when a hero hesitates to turn back home, or there are obstacles preventing him from ever coming home, it is a gigantic emotional roadblock for the readers, or audiences. They - we - will be on the edge of our seats - like in a thriller, until the curve back home is not made. And because at this junction the authors got our full attention, all the reasons for "no-return" will have a chance to be profoundly reflected upon by the audeinces. Here lies a "nervous knot" of the audience's deep-seeted personal issues.

Key Point: Complicate the hero's return home. However, make the reasons deeply important to the readers' experiences, both personal, or family-related, and socio-political.

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