So You Want To: Write A Dystopia

A dystopia is the opposite of a utopia. A state where the government is corrupt, and crimes run amok. If you want to write your own piece of dystopian fiction, it is recommended that you read these tips before you get started:


Most works of dystopian fiction are set in the future, but this is not always the case. Some works of dystopian fiction could be alternative histories, and be set in the past. For example, if the Nazis had won the Second World War in your story, then a dystopia set in the past is not out of the question.

You should decide about the government of this society. Are they a fascist dictatorship? They usually are, but not always. Sometimes, a small group of people can rule over an individual country with an iron fist. What laws does this society have? Are it's citizens being constantly monitored? Are people allowed to reproduce the old fashioned way, or are babies grown in factories? The choice is up to you.

Who is the hero of your story? The heroes of dystopian works of fiction are usually citizens who want to escape their evil society who are being constantly monitored by the authorities.

How did this society come to exist? Who founded it? These are the types of questions you'll need to answer before getting started on your story.

Good luck, and have fun!