It’s a mad, mad world…. whether it’s Panem, a factionalized futuristic Chicago or Big Brother’s Oceania.

Some basics from the Miss Literati blog.

Advice from the amazing WriteWorld blog. More specific ideas from The Writing Cafe. If you’re brave, scroll down to follow links to Dystopian cliches.

At the very least, consider the advice of Variant author Robison Wells: “[Teen readers] want an emotional connection to characters and situations. They want to say ‘This character is like me!’ not ‘This corrupt government is like my corrupt government!’ If that’s lacking, then no amount of frightening, not-too-distant-future dystopia will make the book worth reading.”