Tips for World Building from a Fellow Blogger

Another great post with sound and pertinent ideas. I’m seriously going to have to check out George R.R. Martin’s work too. I’ve heard nothing but good about it.

The Poets and the Peddlers

I swear you could teach a class using Game of Thrones as an example of how to do pretty much everything right. I’m going to be using examples from it again. Thank you, George R.R. Martin.

Fantasy and sci-fi authors spend a lot of time building their universes. That was an understatement, but you get the idea. I personally have pages upon pages upon pages written about the trade, political, and casual relations between all of the cities in my fantasy, even more written on racial history. Immortal blood angel queens, dryad superhighways, nymph pseudo-goddesses–and I think I’ve done less worldbuilding in total than most fantasy writers.

Point is, we do all this work, and we’re tempted to dump it all on the readers, which is the worst possible thing we could do.

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World Building Post from a Fellow Blogger – Likeable & Believable Characters

I really enjoyed the points that were touched on here and as a writer, I felt this was definitely worth sharing. Of course, now I’m curious to read Acacia myself but we’ll see what happens. 🙂

The Poets and the Peddlers

A few months ago, someone asked me what elements made a great character. “As long as the character is believable,” I said, “then that’s a good character. They don’t need to be likable–after all, we read about serial killers and tyrants all the time, right?”

Wrong. While characters should be believable, I underestimated the importance of likability and didn’t truly appreciate it until I read a book with believable, but unlikable characters.

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