Hello and welcome back to another World Building Sunday after a fairly long break. Apologies for that. I had a couple real world things pop up that sort of laid me low for creativity and writing purposes. Moving and ending and beginning teaching sessions will occasionally do that to you. XD But I'm back and … Continue reading World Building: Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots
Welcome to another World Building Sunday. Thank you for joining me! I wasn't sure what I wanted to write about today but I just stumbled upon an interesting blog that talks about Character Building. When you're building your world, your characters aren't immediately relevant to that space, but you can certainly take inspiration from the … Continue reading World Building – Characters
Welcome to another World Building Sunday! Thank you for joining me and reading along. ^_^ Today I'd like to dabble in the realm of the mystical, holy, potentially unholy, and divine. Now religion in general can be a hot topic. There's no denying that. In your world or story though, it doesn't need to be. … Continue reading World Building – Gods and Goddesses in Your Story
Welcome to another World Building Sunday. Thank you for joining me. ^_^ Today I'd like to take a look at a topic that has recently been very near and dear to me with my adventure in science fiction. Creating new races or species. Now, if you're writing traditional fantasy or even supernatural, there are a … Continue reading World Building – Coming Up with New Races / Species
Narrated by Naomi Hello again and welcome to another World Building Sunday. I hope everyone is doing well. ^_^ Last week, we took a look at building a city. Today, we want to take a look at creating your continents, with a little bit of backtracking for mapmaking purposes because of a couple of awesome … Continue reading World Building – Creating Continents and Maps
Okay! Today we're going to take a step by step look at building a city, though not actual mapmaking or sketching this time. I still need to find a good site or app for that. Currently, I still do that by hand... Now, you could obviously do this on your own by winging it and … Continue reading World Building – Constructing a City
For some people, it's a very daunting task. And it is a big thing to do if you're creating a world from the ground up. I have found that, most of the time, you can generally base your world off of Earth settings and be mostly okay. But... what if you're doing a sci-fi, fantasy, … Continue reading World Building – Initial Steps and Some Helpful Resources
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.
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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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. 🙂
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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