Episode 114: Individual relations for you fantasy nations, make plots simple

Noooo, not that kind of relations

Relationships go beyond human

Today’s Topic – Fantasy Storytelling made easy, treat groups of people like a character

Relations are at the heart of every… relationship. Yeah, that is a pretty lame line. I cannot help it. I am full of lame lines. With that in mind, let us move forward into relationships.
If you are like me, the relationship pattern is one that happens between individuals. We know these types of interactions. They happen to us every day. If we are not caught up in the emotion of the actual relationship, they are easy to see. I think that is why reality television is so popular. It can be entertaining to watch people engage in the same, or hopefully worse, mistakes we have been caught up in with our relations.
I do not go for the melodrama of reality television. I am more old school; I watch people in real life, not in reality shows. If I have time where ever I go, I like to watch people interacting. It does not only teach us how individuals treat each other. It does not only give me ideas for scenes I will right out in the future. It teaches me how to treat groups interacting with other groups. So take a trip with Michael and I as we discuss how groups like a nation can interact with other nations, much like you treat your arch rival.

Enjoy the episode and comment below to tell me how you overcome your fears.

Podcast Show Flow

  • What is it important to treat groups like people?
  • Mechanics of turing a county into a character
  • Other groups to treat like characters
    • Cultures
    • Communities
    • Factions like political parties
  • Relationship tropes
    • Arch rival
    • Forbidden Love / Lost Love
    • death of . . .
    • Best Friends / Betrayal
    • Mentor / Pupil (Poopal)
    • Fish out of water
    • Reluctant Ally

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Images and Quotes

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” - Aristotle
114 CG Jung
“One of the remarkable things about slums is that they do develop their own social organization and economy and even culture that is, on some level, functional and in some cases, remarkably resilient. This is kind of amazing.” - Geoffrey West
“When looking at a nation you create, look at it as an individual when dealing with other nations so you do not get lost in all the details.” - Jeffery W. Ingram Episode 114
“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” - Jess C. Scott, The Intern
“Any given thing is a simple relation” -Michael Miller Episode 114
“Military organization, like religious organization, can be seen as a paradigm of organization in general.”- Robert Shea

Resource and Micheal’s Picks

Jeff Goins
Tim Grahl
Chandler Bolt
Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters

The Worldbuilding Task for the Day

Create an “individual” person for each of your nations

The Real World task for the day

Practice humility for a week

The Tease

Simply, Succinct Technology Tracking for you Worldbuilding Project.

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