I’m working on the workshop I’m going to be teaching at the upcoming Realm Makers conference, and I’m starting to gather my resources. My topic is integrating supernatural and fantasy elements in a real-world setting. That’s what I write, so that’s one of the things that I’ve worked a lot on, and I have a pretty good idea of some things that can make or break the reality of a world.
Some of the things I’ll be covering are the differences between a real-world setting and a different world, different supernatural and fantastical elements, the importance of understanding theology and spiritual warfare, and how to integrate all these elements into a cohesive world in a fluid way.
So, I’d like your input on a couple things.
First, what have you read, preferably books that take place in a contemporary world, that you really loved or really hated? Why? What about it was good? What made the world so realistic you wondered if it could really happen? Or, what made an otherwise good story so implausible you couldn’t really buy into it?
Second, if you were attending this class, is there anything else you’d be interested in learning or talking about? Is there anything you don’t think is relevant, or that you think sounds boring? If you had your choice between this class and a different one, would you be likely to come?
Please, be brutally honest. I’d like this class to be really interesting, informative, and practical. I want it to be useful and I want you to want to come to it. Thanks!