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Triangulation or The Subtle Art of Connecting Dots

One of the basics steps when writing a story is research. Looking for an specific topic is easy, but sometimes you forget that elements are connected and when you start writing about them you realise you have to make more research and have to stop writing just when your muse had shown up.

One of the easiest way to avoid missing something is triangulation, or as I like to call it, the subtle art of connecting dots. In simple words, triangulation is a systematic mechanism for research, is also useful when writing essays.

When we get asks like, I’m creating a new world, what should I keep in mind? How do I create a new culture? How can I make a new government system? What do I have to keep in mind when writing about guns? We are the ones making the connections for you, we cover the majority of things but since it’s not our story, the connection of ideas work differently. I’ll be using the questions above as examples.

Creating a New World

  • First stage Astronomy, Geography, Ecology.
  • Second stage Climate, Main location, Societies.
  • Third stage Seasons, Urbanization, Culture.

On the first stage you define if your world will have one, two or three suns, the same with moons, planets, things like that. Also you define the geography of the world, how many oceans, continents, mountains, islands, rivers, among others. For ecology, flora and fauna, where species live, how many will be and how they interact. Ecology includes humans.

On the second stage you set the climate for your world. How it will be affected if it has three suns and two moons. On the other hand, the geography will give you your main location, where will it be, how many rivers will it have, mountains, if it’s going to be on a island. In societies, you get to know where your characters are from, how many people lives within those societies. Leave culture for the next stage, here define demography.

On the tird stage work on the seasons, how they behave and how they affect your world. In urbanization set the buildings, parks, highways, transportation. Culture is more difficult to work, that’s why you’ll have to triangulate one more time.

Below you’ll find the following examples

  • Creating a Culture
  • Creating a New Government
  • Guns Research
  • Essays (example)

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amoonshapedf00l  asked:

Hi! Do you have any tips for writing believable alien civilizations that can still function for the story? I've done some research and basically it's impossible for alien sci fi to be realistic but I just need it to not be cliche and completely ridiculous. I'd like my aliens to be somewhat humaniod (so there can be a romance without it being cringe-y) but I don't want to limit myself to cliche rubberskin aliens. This blog is so helpful! Thanks!

Let’s begin with “A story is believable not because is real, but because it makes sense within its own world”. Technically, anything you write is believable if it makes sense with the rest of the story.

Now, believable and realistic aren’t synonyms, especially when it comes to writing. Take what I wrote above, and think about your options, do you want your story to be realistic or to be believable?

The core of sci fi is using science, what if, somewhere in this vast universe, there’s a place where some of our scientific laws don’t apply the same way as here?

Some thoughts about your ask

Do you have any tips for writing believable alien civilizations that can still function for the story? 

Is not The story, Is Your story, you are the one who knows it better than anyone.

… but I just need it to not be cliche and completely ridiculous.

Then don’t make it cliché and completely ridiculous. Take the clichés you can find about alien civilizationsand give them a twist, the same for a completely ridiculous story. What makes a story ridiculous according to you?

I’d like my aliens to be somewhat humaniod (so there can be a romance without it being cringe-y) but I don’t want to limit myself to cliche rubberskin aliens. 

Make them somewhat humanoid, go for the science here, look for the human genotype and fenotype. Research human evolution, the superfamily Hominoidea and go from there, if you want to go back further, go further. As for the second part, if you don’t want to limit yourself, then don’t, science fiction allows us to think outside the box of what we know, give your thoughts that live outside this box a chance.

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