World Building with Tourists
Saw a great Tweet today that I wanted to expand on.
"When creating a fictional setting, it should still reflect the real world. Make sure your setting has:
-a group of holidaying Australians who've only been there for three days but somehow already know everybody" - @NotLikeFreddy
Okay, besides that being hilarious, it does bring up a great point. I've talked about the first three points on that list when making a city or town, but you have to remember that people wander and travel. Once you've established your fictional world and have a nice little hamlet on the edge of a cliffside viewing a rainbow sunset near dragon roosts and unicorn dens, you have to think what visitors do there.
Is it touristy? Trade-centered? What do outsiders think of that place? It can be one of the most telling things to write about what the rest of the world thinks about a particular part of your setting, not to mention kind of fun.
So go out there, continue building your world, but ask yourself, "what would a group of tourist Australians think about my village?"
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