How To Create a Fictional Universe your Readers will Love Pt. 2: Food


Welcome back to My Blog Series, How To Create a Fictional Universe your Readers will Love.  If you are not familiar to this Series, here is the Premise:

There are plenty of Fictional Universes that come to mind when I write this. Eragon. Lord of The Rings.  Star Wars. These are stories told within a place that people adore.  And I mean ADORE.  They will go nuts over them.

They draw fanart, write fanfiction, decorate rooms based off the books, make them into blockbuster movies…Yeah…I think we can all agree that our current day culture loves fictional universes. And as writers, our common dream is to write the next  ‘big thing.’  The thing fans will be waiting in line at midnight to buy.  The thing people will be quoting and planning movie marathons over.  A realm existing solely in your pure imagination.

But let’s back the truck up.  Where do we begin?  I mean, how do we write an amazing series bubbling at the brim with details you want readers to remember after they after read The End on the final installment to the series?

We have already disscussed Race.  Who are we going to focus on during the course of this Series?  Where do they live, and how does effect the race as a whole.  Hopefully, you have already brainstormed more on the race, discovering facts like common physical traits, language and typical diet, if not, you need to do this now, because that info might come in handy today. 😉

So today, we are moving on with Food! (Yum!) Because food will very likely play a big impact on your storyworld.  Obviously, we need to eat in order to survive. (That’s a fact.)  But what about the race of characters you brainstormed?  Surely they need to eat to survive. But what is their diet?  If we can’t just eat anything, our characters can’t either.  Do they survive with fruits and veggies, or with the special nuts growing in the Northern Mountains?  Are they Herbivores, Carnivores or Omnivores?  My elves, the Characters I am focusing on, are Omnivores.  I chose to do this because it is Unique.  Most frown at the idea of an elf eating meat, but that is only because J. R. R. Tolkien put this in his book, and now all elves have to be vegetarians only because his are. Yeah…I don’t Think so.

Now I could think of dozens of different food options for your races.  Do your Merpeople survive by eating purple coral or off of small fishes? Or both?  Do your Goblins eat nutty breads and fried eggs?  And I’m not saying that a race should simply eat one or two dishes.  It’s actually vise versus.  Races should have a variety to choose from.

However, if you think about it, your race should actually have a poison!  (Duh Duh Duh!!!!)

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What poisons your race?  Is it the violets growing in the prairies or the birds with the annoying crow?  And what are the Effects?  Death? Food Poisoning?  Lameness?  Poisons can play a part in your plot, like the nightlock did in The Hunger Games, so make sure to choose wisely.  Once you are done, I want you to decide how the society reacts to this poison.  Run with fear? Have Scientists carefully remove the poison?  Kill it?  This will help with giving a theme to your society, whether they are fierce warriors or cowardly farmers.

 As you can see, Food is pretty important.  I think people fail to remember this when writing because they are so excited to dive into the plot.  However, your novel could be a better one if you choose to weave a food thread into the plot.

Thus, we end Part 2 of our Blog Series.  Be sure to check back for Part 3: Entertainment.

What foods does your society typically eat?  What poisons them?  How big of a role will food play in your book? Be sure to answer in the comments down below! 🙂

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About Gabriella

Gabriella Slade, Teen Writer and Christ Follower. Gabriella, after writing several manuscripts and short stories at a young age that were never published, dove into the world of dragons and magic with her YA Fantasy Novels. The reveal for her Debut Novel, #destiny17, is in fall of 2017.