Let’s Build A World.


Hey, who want’s to play a game?

Whoa, whoa, whoa, so many hands. Okay, you, you, you, and you.

Yes, and you too.

Okay, everyone can play.

I call this game Let’s Build A World. and here’s how we play. We all get to build one building, create two characters, and a situation.

I’ll go first, to show you how it works.

I’m going to create a hardware store:


Boom, there it is. A cozy little downtown kind of store. Palm trees, so it’s hot here (and about to get hotter.)

Now, how about a character:


Hey, here’s Hank. He’s a carpenter. Really knows how to hammer. And he’s got those big musclie kind of arms and abs and stuff. Everyone say “HI.” to Hank. He’s real friendly. You can tell by that smile.

But I did say we need two characters and a situation so lets add:


Eve. she works at the hardware store. A real helpful type, but she works way too hard, and needs a little distraction and fun in her life.

That’s Fred in the background. Ignore him. Yeah, he’s got this crush on Eve, but he doesn’t have a chance, not with old Hank the Carpenter in the picture.

No, not this picture, the one up above where he’s hefting that big tool box and…oh no. He just dropped it, and made quite a racket in the hardware store.

Guess who goes to investigate the commotion.

And something tells me someone is ending up on a date tonight. There just might be hand-holding, and kissing, and all kinds of stuff.


Okay, there’s my building, my characters, and my situation.

Now it’s your turn. Lets build a town, and from that maybe a whole world.

In the comments down below give me your building and where you’d put it in our town. There’s room right beside the hardware store, or over by that park, or down by the river. Then add a couple of characters that live, work, or just happen to be hanging out in your building. And if your really adventurous, put those characters in a situation.

I know you can’t post pictures, so you’ll just have to paint us pictures with words. There’s extra words on aisle 5 of the hardware store if you run short. Feel free to use as many as you like.

Let’s see how big a world we can build.


S. C. Mitchell builds worlds all the time in his science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance novels. Check out his latest (Now available for pre-order):

She could walk through walls, but she couldn’t escape love.

Xi Force book 2:


By S. C. Mitchell



When Kayla Armstrong is attacked in her lab, she falls into a chemical stew. Now she’s walking through walls and falling through floors.

As the leader of Xi Force, Joel Weisberg is always looking for new superheroes for his team. What he wasn’t looking for was sexy Kayla Armstrong falling through the ceiling of his apartment right into his bed. Still he isn’t complaining when the event finds him a new Xi Force member and a new love. Now she just needs some training and some time.

But when an old enemy comes back with new powers and captures Joel, it’s up to Kayla to lead the Xi Force against her. But can they rescue Joel before he’s murdered . . . again?


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12 Responses to Let’s Build A World.

  1. bonniegill2 says:

    My building is a luxury car dealership. My heroine is Betsey, a service writer who takes care of people that bring their car in for repairs. She works 12 hours a day and has no social life. She’s okay with that though.
    My hero is Vincent, a sexy vampire who brings his car in for repair. He is perplexed because Betsey’s scent calls to him. It’s all he can do not to drain her blood dry.
    After Vincent’s car is repaired, she checks it over and finds a small box hidden under the dash. The box is an ultraviolet bomb. She starts an investigation to see if one of her coworkers planted the bomb and places herself in danger.
    Vincent may end up saving her life that night, or he may suck her dry like a Juice box, or maybe they have wild bat 🦇 sex.

  2. Beth Carter says:

    What a fun post, Steve!! My building is an adorable peach and aqua coffee shop. My heroine, has writer’s block, loves yoga, and dreads her upcoming fortieth birthday…because she’s sick of celebrating alone.

    She goes there daily for company and for inspiration to write the next great novel. An older, myscular guy in the tweed suit has caught her eye. Each morning, he arrives via bicycle and reads an actual newspaper while sipping a tiny espresso. It doesn’t appear to Amanda that he knows she exists. Oh, but he does! He watches her over the top of his paper.

    There’s one little issue. The author doesn’t also diesn’t have a clue that the college-aged barista who always has a dark stubble and unruly hair has a huge crush on her. He gives her free refills, watches her write, and can’t quite work up the nerve to ask her out. He assumes she’d laugh at him due to their age difference but he’s always been attracted to older women and Amanda is a hottie.

    I already know how I’d handle the plot twist. 😉 Thanks for the fun exercise!

  3. cdavis3 says:

    Ahh…the ideas are brewing. I only have a few minutes right now, but I’ll add to the town when I get home this evening. What a fun blog!

  4. cdavis3 says:

    Ok, here we go. Since we’re building a town, the characters should be intertwined a bit. Don’t you think? So, here’s my addition . . .

    Eve’s sister, Trish, is a singer/songwriter who often performs with her acoustic guitar at the open mic on Thursday nights at the peach and aqua coffee shop down on Main Street. She has a knack for falling for guys who either don’t notice her or think of her as just a friend. Her most recent crush, after she got over the older guy that rides his bike everywhere, is the owner of the local music store.

    On this particular day, after having lunch with her best friend, Betsey, she visits the music store, hoping the owner will be there. Instead, she’s greeted by the clerk, Tommy. Bummed, she picks up a beautiful Ibanez mahogany acoustic guitar and strums a little tune she wrote a few weeks ago.

    Tommy watches Trish like he does every time she comes in. Maybe today will be the day he gathers his courage to ask her out. Or not. A few years ago, when he was a keyboard player in an up and coming band in Los Angeles, he may have had something to offer a woman. Now, he lives in the basement of his parents’ home, helping his mom take care of his Dad, who is recovering from a stroke.

  5. cdavis3 says:

    Beth, we should name the coffee shop. 🙂 Here’s a few ideas I’ve been kicking around:
    Opulent Grounds
    The Jitter Mug
    Bean Around the World
    Riverside Café
    Caffè Espresso Dall’acqua

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