Need is an aspect of the world our characters inhabit.
The props we place in the setting our characters inhabit, the tools they use, the objects they must acquire – these things form a layer that grows out of need.
First, no matter what genre you are writing in, you must establish the level of technology. Whatever you do, don’t stray from it
The Romans had running water, central heating, and toilets in their homes. So did the Minoans. However modern-seeming their architectural creations were, they were low-tech.
In the environment of any genre, cups will be cups, bowls will be bowls. The materials they are made of might be different, but those items will always be needed. If you took a Minoan and transplanted them into modern-day Seattle, a bowl or cup would be instantly recognizable for what it is.
Furnishings will be similar from society to society—people…
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