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How to build a fictional world - Kate Messner

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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-build-a-fictional-world-kate-messner Why is J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies -- and even the laws of physics -- function in these fictional universes. Author Kate Messner offers a few tricks for you, too, to create a world worth exploring in your own words. Lesson by Kate Messner, animation by Avi Ofer.
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Minecraft With Ahmed (3 hours ago)
Selsabil Nour (21 hours ago)
Simple and explicit I love it ! Thank you Kate !
Haяuкa™ (1 day ago)
I see Gandalf,I click.
THE WeIrD PoTaTo (2 days ago)
I think the drawings helped me more than the vid
Eleanor Platt (3 days ago)
When I listen to Hans zimmer I have this huge fictional world with talking leopards and elemental dragons and dinosaurs yeah I know I have a big imagination
Glenn Hubble (3 days ago)
Great Video. very informative.
Proxxima Durain (3 days ago)
I have indeed worked on a chaotically fictional alinear timeline (not universe, due to being a multitude of such) as a collaboration of about 10 people, all linked in some way, from Frankensteined together universes to rebirth of a world through an everyman. It is still being worked on to this day, but I also have some side-projects I plan on tying into this.
KNIGHT XD (4 days ago)
I legit have a frog as a king in one of my stories
InstalloGaming (6 days ago)
Tryna make a novel series, wish me luck!
Saja (8 days ago)
And some chemical encouragement lol
Young Hickmans (10 days ago)
What would a fictional world that used magic and technology be like?
Scrooge McGrim (14 days ago)
it´s so true xD
EZk Parasyte (16 days ago)
I have so much stories/characters. But i just cant seem to make up names or places i mean i know the places but i try to do stuff from like shows and things but i just cant seem to jot them down like right now i have a story idea and im working on it but i just store the things in my brain hoping ill right them down but i never do
Jesus Marco Canale (17 days ago)
Since 2012 i imagined a fictional world, Then year by year, from sun up to down my world improved. Not knowing about what happened in the current world. I thought about making it a novel. To tell you the truth my worlds/universe is messed up. The genre is fantasy, past, war, action, modern, futuristic etc.
Jake (17 days ago)
rip stephen hillenburg and stan lee
Jake (17 days ago)
I saw an ad where a fictional world was being built
Chí Trung Dương (17 days ago)
I have a really big imaginary world in me. Just waiting for a good day to write it down.
琳雅 (18 days ago)
Bob Marshall (18 days ago)
Took way too long to get to the point!
I find the last ten seconds extremely useful for me xd
I love stories!
Faris Maulana (20 days ago)
Best kind
شريفة عميره (20 days ago)
I read a book that changed my morals. It was completely mind-blowing.
user928 6 (20 days ago)
My problem is that I make so many stories in my mind but I can't think about a end of them
Notasona-Razeac (20 days ago)
I currently have an original story in wattpad that takes place in the Multiverse. It's basically Time Travel but WITHOUT Time Travel, it explores everything else possible with alternate universe, timelines, etc. Mostly about alternate universe forms of electricity like Paradox Energy, Soul Energy and a whole ton more. I've created a whole universe from the ground up in my work Chained in Gold, and I'm curious if anyone wants to read. I would post a link but YouTube might see this comment as spam and not show it xdd
Haikey 8 (22 days ago)
Nice spoiler, right off the bat. I know it’s an old book but have some sympathy for the late starters.
雪人Snowman (23 days ago)
Yeah I suddently know how and I sell stories for living now THX m8 lol
Belle Della Belle (26 days ago)
Perdi as contas de quantas vezes já vi esse vídeo. Sempre me inspira a escrever mais.
Julianne Vogt (26 days ago)
0:36 😱Don’t let that happen to me PLEASE
Melisa Saral (26 days ago)
Could anyone who knows about it, write what fiction with 42 is?
Ran (28 days ago)
or no... maybe subtitle
Ran (28 days ago)
lol kaneis elinas? anyone from greek? It's a greek video
indviduation (28 days ago)
Rather than reading about fictional worlds and providing billions of dollars to media corporations, why not spend the reading about the world, we live in, and spend that money in our community rather than to increase shareholder equity?
vinohn (1 month ago)
Disliked, *for implementing your own biases which i (most might likely) have no interest of.*
Jonathan Perez (1 month ago)
Love the video 😌
nonstopsoulbro (1 month ago)
I made a fictional world and I’ve been playing in it for 6 years
So many ideas, so little time
M S (1 month ago)
half of this just confused me with a bunch of extra words
Rollmop (1 month ago)
Poor. the first three minutes could be omitted and there would be no less content. This video does not tell you how to create a fictional world
Ale-CV. -Kisaku- (1 month ago)
Título en castellano y video en inglés.... Crack, eres un crack...
fanimedusoleil (1 month ago)
Half the video was just poetic nonsense. Boring
Jeff Brigman (1 month ago)
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you ⛪️🌍
Jeff Brigman (1 month ago)
Love The Lord your God with all your heart soul mind and strength and love your neighbors as yourself
Tak Toja (1 month ago)
Why does she use all the shittiest books and movies as her examples. Zero credibility. Kate Messner? Kate Messedup more like
joe butler (1 month ago)
Just ask CNN how to create a fictional World.
claw star (1 month ago)
I got a fictional world in my mind, it's pretty good with a badass Knight with special abilities but I never thought of writing it........... I guess the time has come
LUKA (1 month ago)
Tolkien nailed it
Derpy PotatoFox (1 month ago)
The most amazing part is that you hold that world, all that info in your mind. It drives you crazy after a while. Its weird when you get writers block bc its like your world is broken!
I loved Historical Fiction. All about the history of the philippines, and because of that, I always daydreamed about history, like time traveling. If you understand our language, filipino. Try to read I Love You since 1892 in wattpad, also, our asymptotic love story and sirene.
Stebe Productions (1 month ago)
5hank u for making this, I really needed this for the story's I've been wanting to write, but don't know how to start
2:39 Minecraft? D:<
mrs mozzarella sticks (1 month ago)
2:39 is just stealing. Thats minecraft.
Clickbait there is no actual answers here.
Ares (1 month ago)
Starts at 3:15
ANG3L VAL3NT1N3 (1 month ago)
Vid starts at 3:16
dev shah (1 month ago)
A good video
dev shah (1 month ago)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1 month ago)
I got like all the references
Popcorn Chat (1 month ago)
Finn Snijders (1 month ago)
idd jesse
Yugen (1 month ago)
No NO *NO*
Rashi Bhutada (1 month ago)
Lee Roy (1 month ago)
Tolkein inspired me forever.
Rice Cake child (1 month ago)
I’ve got the whole world in my head and I keep procrastinating, so I’m hoping I dot suddenly lose my memory
astraton2001 (1 month ago)
Tthat were the most senseless informations ever heard. Thanks for wasting 5.24 minutes of my lifetime. If you start writing, even if you do it for the first time, you will notice all this points by yourself.
Campfire Technology (2 months ago)
Creating worlds is so much fun! It can be such a jumbled process though, that's why when we started working on Campfire, we just had it in mind to create a software to help ourselves keep track of our characters and build our worlds, and it kind of grew from there!
الدخس ؟ (2 months ago)
منور ع هذه النصائح😍😘😚😍 القيمة
TallTaleMcTaradiddle (2 months ago)
There's a lot beating around the bush going on here
MANISHA SINGH (2 months ago)
Hey! I have a blog named Fictive Finesse where I post poems and stories and the like. If you guys are interested then please do check it out: https://fictivefinesseff.wordpress.com And this is a story that I've been working on https://fictivefinesseff.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/alone/ Feel free to give me any kind of feedback!
How to build a fictional world? Ask the person who made religion
Elias Morales (2 months ago)
Mike the Headless Chicken LMAOOOOO
Nathan Matusek (2 months ago)
Really not a whole lot of anything here. "Imagine a world" is pretty much how she is telling you to imagine a world.
mrs mozzarella sticks (2 months ago)
Why did you put all that stuff at the beginning?
Ruffels (2 months ago)
Run time.
bhav92 (2 months ago)
I rarely post negative comments but this is probably the most useless Ted video I've ever come across. Be focused and concise, and don't waste people's time just to sound smart. I hope Ted take this feedback into account before giving her airtime again as she's damaging their brand.
Jake Johnson (2 months ago)
It's kinda sad knowing and realising that my world is just FICTIONAL :(
Jaša Knez (2 months ago)
My only problem is, my stories are too short... When I start (i write on my phone) i don't write much, being at the end of the prologue
Zixon (3 months ago)
thanks now i can make skyrim 6
88 90 (3 months ago)
Creating Imaginary world is a important for change our real world
zmkill3r (3 months ago)
What if we're living in someones fictional world 🤔
foop poop (3 months ago)
my fictional world is based on earth and it is realistic
Master of Science (3 months ago)
+foop poop earth
foop poop (3 months ago)
Master of Science is it on earth or on a fictional planet?
Master of Science (3 months ago)
I have a fictional universe. I dont know what to call it. But its very interesting. A man who's explorer/scientist goes missing over the pacific. His father goes after him. He brings a crew with him, but the plane is caught in a storm and crashes. They end up on an island. The beach on this island is litteref with the wreckage of ships! Vikings, navy vessels, chinese warships, you name it! The deeper they get into the island the more secrets are discovered. The islands inhabitants consists of several species thought to be EXTINCT. Not only does it have your traditional dinosaurs/wooly mammoths, it also has dragons, giant insects, and lost tribes! Im not spoiling the story. So you'll figure it out when i write it.
PartumCreed (3 months ago)
This is bad, it feels like someone who doesn't know anything about storywritting decided to make a tutorial about it.
Itz Plant (3 months ago)
This will greatly help for my novel, thank you.
T harn (3 months ago)
try not accept education and religion....u got lower chance of job but a little higher chance of write the greatest novel or greatest revolutionist
Saumya Kulp (3 months ago)
Amazing animation there.
Diet Evil (3 months ago)
I’m actually creating a fictional world and I wanna know if you guys could give m pointers. Here’s what I have so far... in the beginning there was two beings Creation and Destruction. Creation being the embodiment of creation and Destruction is the embodiment of destruction. Creation then creates seven other being called the sages. He gives them a task to create a world where life can prosper, and they get to work. The first sage starts creating magic so that way they can begin working on the world. When he finishes creating the first ever magic he too creates 7 more beings. These 7 beings are called the conductors they basically spread the ability to use magic. Then the second sage creates the first universe inside of this universe are a new species called demons and ex-humans. The demons quickly learn to use magic and become a threat to the survival of the ex-humans. The demons then try to wage war on the sages wanting to have control over everything. Starting the first war. The leader of the demons Arzuros has three children with and ex-human Zero,Noverage, and Reprimand. The first war ends with the Sages winning and the demons losing. Roughly 1000 years later ex-humans start to harness the ability to use magic. While this is happening Zero gets angry over the shame the demons got after their lose in the war. He then wages a second war on the sages and ex-humans. Once again the demons lose and Zero is killed. Arzuros feeling guilt for the death of Zero he seals his soul into Reprimands body. In which ever 100 years control over it would alternate. At this point ex-humans has mastered the ability to use magic and those who can not are simply called humans.Alongside of this a new race is created cross-humans a mix between dragons and ex-humans. That’s all so far
mrs mozzarella sticks (3 months ago)
Why is it 42?
BennyBoi Blu3 (3 months ago)
3:10 is where the tips start. Welcome
Skylar J (3 months ago)
I love coming up with this stuff.
Alex Catalano (3 months ago)
They don't literally build worlds, they literarily build worlds 1:40
Mat B (3 months ago)
I agree, it's kinda cool when you create the world and let the characters free in it, it's awesome what they can do.
Eric Camarillo (3 months ago)
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DanielLike5Pie (3 months ago)
The actual tips start at 3:15. WTF
sciarphy Now (3 months ago)
Can you please make a vedio on how to write a love story
Pieismylove (3 months ago)
I don't need this tutorial, I can just read Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto.
jellibean (3 months ago)
worldbuilding is a great art form
V stories (3 months ago)
I created a fictional story on wattpad and named it as 'Holding Hands'. Update on every Sunday. Please do read.
Catriona Hoff (3 months ago)
right now, I have this really cool world in my head (characters, gods, landscape etc.) but I can never seem to write it down. it all goes horribly pear shaped if I try to 😢
Kouy Shima (3 months ago)
beautiful! :)
The great Owl (3 months ago)
those notes were helpful but the animation was hilarious
Vanox (3 months ago)
gandalf the gray and gandalf the white...
Science Scanner (3 months ago)
Did anybody just tried to count all the Harry Potter Easter Eggs and References. I tried but lost track

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