16
Mar
2019

Creating plausibility in your fictional world

Often I talk about creating a world that has a plausible context. Giving the elements of your fiction the “feel” or the sensation that everything that you include within the scope of the reader’s view does not feel out of place. Giving everything a reason for its existence or the ability to trace its origins beyond a reasonable doubt. When I speak of a “plausible” world, I often correlate it with something I refer to as the scaffolding theory.

What is the scaffolding theory, you ask? When I lecture on Conflict and Plausibility, I discuss the writer’s job of transporting the reader along for the ride. Giving them the sense that they are being given access to a world and all of its inner workings. The writer will quickly discover that their job is to familiarize themselves with the world that they have imagined, down to minutiae of its history and its advancements in civilization and other things.

Plausibility is the scaffolding which the writer provides to the reader; the knowledge and background necessary to the reader’s immersion. It functions as a solid rung, or a steady bridge over the abyss of disbelief. Leaving things that require an explanation or a background for the reader to disprove or discount gives the reader reason to falter, and to plummet into the holes that you have left unfilled and unexplained.

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