Hello everyone! I've some good news and some not so good news to share with you all. The good news is I have a new job; the less than good news is I have less time so I shall be updating the blog on a biweekly-to-monthly basis rather than once/twice a week.Once things settle down … Continue reading Schedule Change
Hiatus Today is more character focused than usual! Let's imagine, for a moment, you have your plot, your character background(singular, plural characters), and your world is up and running.Then let's pause. Let's take a break. A vacation, a disruption to the daily life of your character; perhaps a power outrage, national holiday, war crisis, alien … Continue reading Series II, Part III
Welcome back! Today I was looking through my blog, checking various things, updating links and I happened to look in the comments – the spam ones. This got me thinking… what sort of trolls and hecklers do you have in your story worlds? Deceptive Deviants Do the ‘trolls’ in your world live under proverbial (or … Continue reading Series II, Part II – Charlatans
Welcome to our new series! For this series, we’re straying away from ‘the basics’ and instead we’re going to be looking more at ‘how characters affect their world, and how the world affects the character’ – a writing motto of mine. There will, of course, be lots of worldbuilding involved and a few non-character focused … Continue reading Series II – Part I – Cultural Norms: Characters & Readers
Welcome to final entry in the Basics Series (I). Today, we’re going to review what we’ve been looking at over the past three months (has it really been so long already?) and next time, we’ll begin our new series. Over the course of The Basics, despite only scrapping the very tip of the iceberg, we’ve … Continue reading The Basics, Part XI – “Wrapping Up”
Welcome to the penultimate entry in the Basics Series (I). Today, dear friends, we will be looking at communication & disasters (natural and otherwise). But before we get stuck into that, I’d like to say that there is still so much more to write and the next series is incoming, so stay tuned! Communication Tradewinds, … Continue reading The Basics, Part X – “Communication & Disasters”
Character Exercise Today’s exercise is a bit more morbid. A character, whether your main, or side, has died. The circumstances are up to you. A memorial or funeral service is held. 1. Who attends? How do they react? Perhaps there is a sense of anger, relief, or even a sense that the character has cheated … Continue reading Funeral
Welcome back! Following on from fashion, what foods & drinks are fashionable? What is available, how easily, and why? Back to geographical worldbuilding, how do you label your foods? Are you transplanting foods from earth? For example, [place name] grape? Many Earth foods and drinks are tied to geographic location. Burgundy, champagne, sherry, to name … Continue reading The Basics, Part IX – “Food & Drink”
You may have noticed that the blog is looking a little different, well, that's because it is! I've been nosing and poking at the various themes and I decided to try something new.There are still a couple of issues I'm having with it (such as the grey-coloured text) but hopefully I'll get it all worked … Continue reading New Look!
Character Exercise Today’s exercise is about location. How well does your character know their town, village, city, etc? How well do you as a writer know it? Have you walked your streets, really walked them? That’s what we’re going to do today. Describe up to three (or more, if you are so inclined), streets from … Continue reading Walking Your Street(s)
Welcome back! Today, I’d like us to take a brief look at fashion. Let’s think haircuts, beards, moustaches, top hats, monocles, spectacles, piercings and tattoos. Before we continue, we should probably appraise the culture’s technology. For tattoos, that doesn’t matter quite so much, (although, acquiring the pigments for inks might mean a trek or perhaps … Continue reading The Basics, Part VIII – “Fashion”
Character Exercise Your character is sent back in time (even if it’s a dream) to their parents/grandparents’/great, great grandparents’ day. What do they find? How difference is life? How do they adapt? 1. Parents’ day. 2. Grandparents’ day. 3. Great, great grandparents’ day. Taking it Further Your character is now stuck in one of the … Continue reading Tempus Fugit – but in which direction?
Mythic figures The hero, the legend, the villain Welcome back! Today, we’re going to be taking a brief look (and it will be brief!) at legendary figures. So by now, you have a world. You have terrain, climates, seas (perhaps), and maybe coffee beans or an equivalent. Perhaps you have tea. That tea could be … Continue reading The Basics, Part VII – “Myths”
Character Exercise Your character develops a superpower and/or magic. As much fun as that might be, there are serious downsides. (And if you really hate superpowers, just boost an existing trait, such as athleticism, or up their game at chess, for example). Jealousy, envy, suspicion, rivalry, the urge to never have to work again… what … Continue reading If I Could Fly…
Welcome back! A friend posed the question: “how do you go about structuring a script for longer stories?” So I decided I’d give that a shot. I’m going to point out that this is just one way of handling it – and not always one I adhere to (it depends so much on the story … Continue reading Structuring Stories
Character Exercise Somehow, your character has been turned into a cat. An ancient curse, a hex, a genetic mutation device, a teleportation accident, a dream that your character just can’t wake up from (yet). Regardless, your character is now a cat. As a cat, your character may possess its former memories, sapience, intelligence, or it … Continue reading ‘Meow’
Education Welcome back! This time, I’m going to pose some questions – and I’ll leave you, dear reader, to answer them. Today’s topic is on education. Do girls get the same education as boys? Is there a standard education? Does it follow the three ‘R’s? (one of which is not an ‘r’ at all… - … Continue reading The Basics, Part VI – “Education”
Character Exercise Your character is given a watch. If watches are too low tech (or too high tech), they are provided with an equivalent – a mobile phone, an astrolabe, and if those aren’t available, choose an amulet/bracelet or some other item that is in-character for your story. 1. Who gives your character the watch … Continue reading The Watch
Magic Welcome back! Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because there is such a lot to think about when writing about magic. Now, just as a disclaimer here, I’m talking about magic in the fantasy genre, not ‘real life’ magic – be that stage wizardry or actual magic (I’ll leave that to … Continue reading The Basics, Part V – “Magic”
Character Exercise “Show not tell” – this is one of the rules most often given to writers. But today, we’re going to do a bit of descriptive telling. Here’s how: 1. Your character writes a journal. Describe an event that occurred in their day and how they felt. You can show, but remember, this is … Continue reading Tell Not Show
Resources, Part II Welcome back! Last time we had a quick dip into Geography, Climate, Resources & People. This time, we’re taking another look at resources and commodities. This will be a relatively short post today. Resources Off the top of my head, I’d say that there are perhaps three categories of resources that you, … Continue reading The Basics, Part IV – “Resources Revisited”
So my good friend Hannah Read nominated me for this. This is the first I’ve heard of it, and ordinarily I make a point of not answering chain stuff but this time I’m making an exception. THE RULES 1. Thank the person who nominated you. 2. Link to the blog of the person who nominated … Continue reading VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARDS!
Character Exercise Let’s try something a little different this time. So this is based off an oldie but a goodie: ‘Corrupt a wish’ (for those of you who are unaware of the game it involves one person making a wish, and the next person ruining it. E.g. ‘I wish I could swim like a fish’ … Continue reading ‘Corrupt a Wish’
Geography, Climate, Resources & Peoples Welcome back! Last time we had a quick dip into God, gods, and religion. This time, we’re taking a look at the terrestrial. But first, let’s zoom out just a little. Three suns, four moons - great imagery, but how does the gravity affect the world? If you're ignoring that, … Continue reading The Basics, Part III – “Geography, Climate, Resources & Peoples”
Character Exercise Guilty or Innocent! In this exercise, we’ll be exploring something a little darker, building on from where we left off. Taking your character from last time (or another character, if you prefer), in 350-500+ words, put them in one of the following situations. Describe the situation from their perspective. 1. Theft – your … Continue reading “Guilty or Innocent?”
Welcome back! Last time, we had a brief look at a few different styles and tones for worlds, along with possible frameworks you could use. I know I said at the end of the last post that we’d be looking at geography, climate, resources, and peoples, and we will, but first I’m going to talk … Continue reading The Basics, Part II – “The Divine”
Character Exercise Suggested by my good friend, Hannah – whose blog you should definitely check out! (It features places, food, drink & reviews!) Describe your character in a situation (350+ words) where: 1. They unexpectedly come across a giant spider in their room (note: depending on the setting, this could be truly huge) 2. They've … Continue reading “Situation”
The Basics, Part I Welcome back to our series on worldbuilding! I’ve spoken a lot about the ‘art’ aspect of worldbuilding recently, and much less on the science, and I’m afraid that’s going to continue in this post. We will get around to the science sooner or later! Let’s delve in. So, you want to … Continue reading The Basics, Part I – “Tone”
Character Exercise Describe a character (350+ words) where: 1. Describe your character’s morning routine. What do they do once they get out of bed? (What if their “morning” routine is actually an evening one? Maybe they work night shifts. Maybe they have servants to do it for them, or the morning routine is automated and … Continue reading “Morning Routine”
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Welcome back to our series on worldbuilding! Today’s topic picks up where we left off – only, this time, we’re taking a look at the effects of peacetime on culture rather than war. So let’s get stuck in. But first, a quick shout out to all those who've decided to follow my blog! Thank you! … Continue reading “Peacetime”
Character Exercise Describe a world (350+ words) where: A character of your choice is walking down a city street. This can be suburban, urban, with shops, or houses. It can be contemporary, historical, futuristic, fantastical (be that steampunk, fäerytale, it can even be a world of bubbles if you want). Picture the details. What’s the … Continue reading The Street
Continued from Part I. Welcome back! Last time, we looked over a great many things, from migratory peoples to types of warfare and a whole slew of other things! In part II, we're concluding our overview of how war can and will shape your world's culture. So let's get started where we left off! Now, … Continue reading War – Part II
Today’s post is about war, and how it can help shape a culture’s outlook. (Disclaimer – no offence is intended with this post. Obviously, people have lost their lives during conflicts, and it’s not my intent to trivialise that in any way, shape or form.Also, this world and its history are much too vast to … Continue reading War – Part I
Introduction Welcome to the blog! So you want to build a world? There are many things to consider but let’s start small. In this series, I’m going to be discussing various aspects of worldbuilding and how you can craft your own. Of course, this is not the only way to worldbuild, but it is one … Continue reading Welcome & Hello!