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)