The goal of fatness

By Holly Lisle

Every word on Culture Clinic yesterday was a new one. They are, however, much better words than before.

Today, I’m also chasing all new words. I need to change the order of the Problems With Created Cultures, because the first one I have to address is 5) Your culture contains only paladins, clerics, bards, rogues and healers, and maybe the occasional barmaid or whore.

  • The literary novel equivalent of this would be Your culture contains only university students, postgrads, professors, and maybe the occasional irritated parent.
  • The romance novel variant of this would be Your culture contains only twentysomething women and well-employed thirtysomething men, and maybe the occasional unplanned pregnancy.
  • The mystery novel variant of this would be Your culture contains only scumbags, victims, and detectives, and the occasional useful cop.
  • The science fiction novel variant of this is Your culture contains only geniuses.

The name of this problem is THINNESS. No good culture is thin. All good cultures are fat. So the goal is FATNESS… but fatness without worldbuilding bloat. Getting how to do that out of my head and onto paper should make this an interesting writing day.

Onward, then.

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