Scaffoldworld is a story I’ve been starting for a long time.

Originally, it was a sketch of people living on top of a construction scaffold. But in time the setting became an alien world where people lived atop vast plant communities that vaguely resembled scaffolds.

I created a four-page introduction. Then I started to create a longer book.

That’s when I started to run into problems. I realized I had absolutely no idea how to design a plot , create characters that made sense, and keep my readers engaged. I was over thirty pages into my rough sketches, and I was getting lost.

I realized I had to study the design of stories, and so I backed off. I started reading screenwriting books like “Story” by Robert McKee, and I started going to meetings of a screenwriting group in Toronto.

Life happened, and I moved around. I got involved in more projects. But Scaffoldworld is not forgotten, and I will get back to it.