Okay, so my genre is drama. I've been writing a lot in the late 1800's Europe, early 1900's Scandinavia and North America plus quite a lot of modern, southern American drama. I've co-written a fantasy series in an alternative universe, a comic, that is, but I mostly handled dialogues and character relationships/development and world building was mostly the artist and another contributor's thing. So that's my experience. Now, I'm eager to write a drama in a fictional world. (Or alternative timeline of our own.) It's realistic, no fantasy or scifi, and I'm basically making myself a good stew of elements from different historic societies. I've got most of it figured out now, I think, the setting, culture, fashion, leadership, religion, laws, scientific development... and I'm currently building my MCs. My problem is that I have this feeling alternative universes easily gets kind of awkward, and I'm trying to figure out why, so I can avoid it. Two elements I've already figured is: 1. poorly planned ones would probably get awkward if it's changing along the way or have huge holes. 2. Overly explained ones would get awkward as you're trying to sneak in tons of information that has nothing to do with the setting and which the reader doesn't even need to know yet. (Think we fell into the last trap with the fantasy comic I was on.) Anyone else with more experience than me? FYI: an example would be the series Morganville. (Popular a few years ago.) I only read the first book and it was one, long cringe to me. Author didn't seem to figure out if she was writing a high school drama or life or death battle for survival. So if you've read it, that's the sort of thing I want to avoid. Any input is welcome!