Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is where you can keep track of the people, places, and things for your stories. In future versions of Subtxt, you will be able to create and curate catalogues of Worldbuilding for use in different serialized forms of narrative.

There are four major categories of Worldbuilding in Subtxt:

  • People
  • Places
  • Things
  • Ideas

The first three should be pretty obvious, the fourth is that catch-all fourth item in any conceptual quad where you can put pretty much anything you want. 🙂

Create your Worlds

When you first open up Worldbuildings, you will find an empty village. No People. No Places. No Things. And definitely--no Ideas. While they essentially all work the same, these four major categories can help you organize the various bits of Storytelling you want to call upon while working with Subtxt.

Empty Worlds in Subtxt

Think of Worldbuilding as a super-sophisticated form of copy-and-paste: you keep track of Storytelling here in the Worldbuilding section, and then--as you develop Storypoints and Storybeats--you can tag them with these various different bits of Worlds.

For instance, if a significant part of your story takes place in a certain location, you can add it as a Place in Worldbuilding.

Adding a Place to Worldbuiling in Subtxt

Describing your Worlds consists of two parts: the name of the World, and the Description. The name is for you, the Author, to keep track of what is being assigned to each Storybeat and Storypoint. It is NOT submitted to any AI request. The Description is where you write whatever you want to help cue the AI into how you imagine the world of your story. Make sure you include the name of the object or place or whatever into your Description so Subtxt knows what you are talking about.

If you only have a limited idea of what your World is about, and you'd like to see if Subtxt can help brainstorm some more ideas on top of it, tap the Continue button and Subtxt will riff on your original idea.

Asking Subtxt to Help Brainstorm Ideas

If you like the idea, tap Add to have it added to your World. You could also decline the suggestion, or spin again by tapping Continue.

Using Genre to Help Set Worlds

When Brainstorming Worldbuilding using Subtxt's Brainstorming AI, make sure you set the appropriate Genre in the Narrative Personality of your story (the Conceptualizing tab).

For example, here are two Brainstorms using the same Idea Prompts, one for a Detective Thriller and another one for a Romantic Comedy.

Setting a Detective Thriller Narrative Personality

Example of a Super Villain Worldbuilding in a Detective Thriller

Setting a Romantic Comedy Narrative Personality

Example of a Super Villain Worldbuilding in a Romantic Comedy

Attaching Worlds to Storybeats

Once created, you can now tag various Storybeats with your new World. Simply tap the Worldbuilding button just above the Storytelling, and Subtxt opens up a hidden area for you to explore with your imagination.

Worldbuilding in Storybeats

To add your newly created World, tap the appropriate Category to the right, and then select the World you want to be a part of this Storybeat.

Attaching a World to a Storybeat

Once attached, Subtxt will now use that World when crafting responses from both Brainstorming AI and Subtxt AI.

Subtxt AI Responses with Worldbuilding Attached

You can add as many Worlds as you want, though we suggest you keep it to 2-3 just to give Subtxt plenty of room to work with. If you overload the system with too much Storytelling, you get what happens in the real world when you put too much Storytelling--too much worldbuilding--into a story: you get a mess.

Note too, that you can also write directly into the form that appears just below Worldbuilding if you have any Storytelling specific to this Storybeat only.

Removing Worlds from Storybeats

To remove a World from a Storybeat, simply tap the X icon located within the attached Name of the World. Subtxt will remove the World, but not delete it from your collection of Worldbuildings.

Removing a World from a Storybeat

Deleting Worldbuildings from a Narrative

If you decide you no longer want a World for the narrative in questions, tap the blue Edit button at the top of the page, and then tap the red Minus sign that appears just to the left of the Name of the World.

Removing a Worldbuilding from a Narrative

Worldbuilding and Players

Worldbuilding and Players works a little bit differently than it does for Storybeats and Storypoints. Subtxt assumes a Worldbuilding for a Player to be within the People category and locks all Worlds down to that one type. It also only allows one World to be added to a Player at a time.

To add a Worldbuilding to a Player, tap the Worldbuilding button just below their Name to ask Subtxt to make the necessary arrangements.

Creating a Worldbuilding for a Player

Once created, feel free to write whatever you want to give Subtxt a better idea of how you imagine this particular Player. Remember to include the name of the Player in your Description (as with all Worldbuildings).

Illustrating a World for a Player

You can now attach your Player's Worldbuilding to both Storypoints and Storybeats in Subtxt.

Attaching a People/Player to a Storybeat

Your new Player Description will now be used by Subtxt to help generate reponses from the AI.

Varied Responses with both People and Place Attached

Synchronizing Players and Worldbuilding

When you return to the Worldbuilding section after creating a World inside the Players tab, Subtxt is smart enough to keep track of it here as well. In fact, any changes you make here will be reflected in your Player card, and vice versa.

Synchronizing Players with Worldbuilding

This way you can make sure that Subtxt stays on the same page with you when it comes to how you envision these Players.

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