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WorldBuilding: New World Essentials

 

by Whitney Carter

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on creating a master worldbuilding worksheet. It’s taken so long because the list is so extensive – I hope to have it ready for both you and me in the coming weeks, but it occurred to me this morning as I began worldbuilding for a new story that an abbreviated checklist might be useful. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when you sit down to write and realize you have to build a world from the ground up.

Where do you start? How detailed do you need to be? Where should you focus your attention initially? Are you writing a story or an encyclopedia?

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How to Build a Fantasy Economy

Coins

 

by Victor Salinas

We all depend on the economy. In fact, we—and everything we choose to do and not do—is part of the economy. Fantasy economies are no different.

Fantasy settings surely have methods of economic organization. The serfs working the land for their lord are part of an economy. The nomadic tribes wandering the wastes are part of an economy. And of course, city dwellers trading goods for coin are part of an economy.

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World Building: How to Write a Fictional Royal Court

Royalty

 

by Whitney Carter

Lemme tell you guys… this one was a doozy to write. Several weeks ago I was doing some world building and setting development for my WIP trilogy, when it dawned on me that I hadn’t spent much time developing the secondary characters that are going to be around my main protagonist.

She’s a young royal, ascending to her country’s throne and the cultural seat of the world with her twin brother at the tender age of seventeen, and it never occurred to me to thoroughly develop their courts. I had their households staffed with nameless wisps, and for a story as massive and all-encompassing as it’s shaping up to be, I simply couldn’t allow these vital people to remain faceless and nameless. So I set out to develop the royal court, its many peoples, purposes and movements, and thus the notion of this article was born.

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Why I Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Treehouse

 

by Kate M. Colby

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen this month’s exciting announcement: for the second semester, The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) will be taught in a university classroom.

This time, TCD features in a Science Fiction & Fantasy literature class. When I saw the syllabus, I nearly cried. To have my book read alongside such legends is an incredible honor—and one I do not take lightly.

In fact, it got me thinking…what is it about Science Fiction and Fantasy novels (and TV shows, movies, video games, etc.) that I love so much?

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WorldBuilding: Crafting Magic

Magic Eye

 

by Whitney Carter

Fantasy is virtually synonymous with magic, all the way from fireball wielding sorcerers to dragons to simple elemental manipulations. It is in our epic tales, slaying wicked villains, enabling bold heroes, creating social divides and protective wards alike. Given how varied in trait and definition “magic” can be, you’d be hard pressed to find a fantasy story that doesn’t touch on the mystical stuff, even if only to say that it used to be a prevalent force.

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