Category: Writing Advice

Guest Post: Building Cities by Paul R. Davis
June 1, 2017 OWS Features,Special Feature,Writing Advice Paul Davis

I’m addicted to city builders. I thought about this the other day when I started playing Folk Tale, a fantasy city builder still in alpha stages, and suddenly it was 1am. When I was little we would play SimCity on the SNES. Then Godzilla became a permanent resident and burned that mother down. I’ve played Cities
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World Building When You Have No Set System
May 31, 2017 Writing Advice Tiffany Woodbeck

When delving into the process of world building, many topics need to be considered. Coming up with the bones, flesh, and blood of the story’s body is, quite frankly, an intimidating prospect. It takes time to develop a system to bring them together. What are the people like? Are they humanoid? Do they have pointy
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Five Don’ts for World Building
May 30, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

Now, all month we have talked about world building here at OWS. We talked about the basics, diversity and world building, adding depth, and which questions to ask while world building. Today, let’s talk about some don’ts to avoid because good world building is not just what to do, but what not to do. Don’t
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How to Avoid OVERbuilding a World
May 29, 2017 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

One of my very favorite parts of being a fantasy writer is being able to build my own worlds. I get to design my own cities, economies, religions, political structures, empires, and more. The thing I enjoyed most about writing my first novel (Blade of the Destroyer) was following my main character on his tour
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Dress Up Description: Harness the Power of Big
May 26, 2017 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

All month long, Our Write Side bloggers have been bringing you advice about how to build a spectacular, but believable, world for your story. One tried and true way to inspire awe is to include larger than life elements in your settings. This applies to space stations and alien monsters every bit as much as
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World Building: A Case for Imagination
May 24, 2017 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

As the focus this month has been on world building, you’ve read a lot of articles talking about the process of world building, questions to ask when world building, and articles about when and where to world build according to genre. You’ve learned the dangers of overwriting, how to use your world as a character
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20 Questions to Ask for World Building
May 23, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

This month we’ve been talking about world building and so today instead of talking about the general subject, let’s talk about questions you can ask yourself to get started on world building. So here’s 20 questions… What is the geography like? What is the terrain like? How does it differ from other areas? What is the climate
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The World as a Character
May 22, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

Sometimes you read a book or see a movie where the setting, be it a house or a climate, is integral to the story. Any other choice would change the feel of the book, losing impact and possibly the reader. Lost Horizon by James Hilton is a great example of the world as a character. Set
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How to Use World Building When Planning Your Marketing Strategy
May 18, 2017 Writing Advice Heidi Angell

Hello Lovely Authors, We’ve had some great posts the last few weeks on world building! From World Building: an Intro for the newer writers among us, to World Building for Specific Genres.  There will be more great posts to help you get along with your world building, but did you know that you should use world
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Worldbuilding in Historical Fiction: Fact versus Fiction
May 17, 2017 Writing Advice David Wiley

Writers are able to blur the lines between fact and fiction while writing in many genres. Certain genres come with expectations, such as Fantasy readers are okay with tons of fiction (even in Urban Fantasy) because they come ready to suspend belief in what they know. Science Fiction is a genre where there is usually
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