Elliot Chan’s vlog on how to invent a measurement system when world building
Weight, volume, speed, and time: there are many aspects of daily life that we have to measure in order to function and communicate with those around us.
An agreed-upon unit of measurement is essential in society, and the way we measure things says a lot about our culture. It’s only natural that when we start writing and world building, we feel encouraged to invent our own type of measurements to create a more unique society. It’s much like creating a new language.
The thing is, in order to have an immersive world, we need to understand how different units of measurements are invented. We can invent a measurement system by learning about the history of some units of measurements.
In this video, I take a quick leap back in time to get some inspirations… and then I take a crack at explaining the ones I created in my epic novel. I hope this video can show you what works and what doesn’t work when inventing units of measurements.
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Reposted from Elliot Chan’s website.