Recipe for Pleasure (Planet)
How do you design a planet (or a club, a village, a city, a country) specifically designed for pleasure? Is there a recipe? Actually, yes. Several in fact. Here’s mine.
10% focus (flavor of your choice)
10% story line (you may think you need more, but you don’t)
Decide on focus of the book. Does your planet cater strictly to humanoids, or to all different life-forms? Is it dedicated to a specific type of pleasure, or does anything go? What are the rules of admission, of running an establishment, of behavior? Who owns it, staffs it, patronizes it? Everything else will, on some level, flow from this, so this step is crucial. Yet, once these decisions are made, you can quickly move on to add your research. This involves the potential type of planet you’ll need, the facilities necessary, etc. A certain amount of realism isn’t a bad thing…
Stir in the story. By now you have an idea of what you want to see happening there, who the characters are peopling your story, the mischief they’re going to get into. You may actually have a bunch of people inside your mind clamoring for a chance to visit your planet, and this is where you make sure you have enough organization incorporated into your final product. Are you abiding by the rules you made? Have you suddenly made something you previously said was impossible happen for no good reason, or without explanation? The taste-testers will be unimpressed by the final product if you have, so double check.
By now you will have realized the store of imagination you put aside has been dipped into again and again but, strangely, probably hasn’t diminished very much. This is a good thing, since you’ll find yourself using even more as you write the next book, and the next in your pleasure planet series.
P.S. The nice thing with this recipe is it can easily be adapted for almost all other genres of fiction. Bon appétit!