Imbue world building with a sense of history through embedded mini stories

Bookmarked Don’t Just Create One Big Story, Build a Mosaic of Tiny Stories! by Charlie Jane Anders (

A really interesting story, often as not, is one that atomizes down into a bunch of smaller stories that feed into the main narrative.

How many of the details in the story, how many of the touchstones, contain stories of their own? Characters can have backstories, but so can places and things.

An interesting approach to world building — though I’ll admit I often don’t care that much about that level of detail 😂

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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