I talked to a few authors lately who for the first time are giving some serious thought to world building. They’re all coming at the process from different directions: one is new to writing, one is returning after years of not writing at all, one is changing genres and now has to invent something from [...]
If you’re interested in world-building how-to, the Gazetteer Writer’s Manual is on sale right now for 36 hours. This is a celebration of my world-building community at G+ passing 2000 members, and I wanted to extend the offer to gamers and writers who visit the World Building Academy as well. You can take [...]
In world building we are always thinking up new circumstances and scenarios and asking “How will people respond to this?” I will call this “Situation X”, i.e., any situation or event that warrants people responding to it: a work strike, declaration of war, a technological breakthrough, the discovery of a new continent or tribe—whatever. The [...]
SF Signal just ran an interesting article in its “Mind Meld” feature area called The Rules of Worldbuilding. This article quotes “rules” from various sf authors, giving their take on do’s and don’ts in this area.
One author, Robert Bennett, touched on something that I think applies especially [...]
I enjoy alternate history and do world building in that vein as well. I’ve been thinking about some of the challenges alt history presents a world builder.
Most people think of this genre as as “one historical event happened differently in our past, resulting in a divergent timeline.” I will point out here that this [...]
Interested in making a guidebook to your world? I have some questions about that that only YOU can answer. Please take this brief 6-question survey, right here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5SGBM9Y Thanks for your help! (UPDATE: Present need for this is done but I’m collecting data on this indefinitely, so feel free [...]
Quick update: I am seeing some unusual behavior on the back end of this site, and the forum has gone intermittently unaccessible as well. I can’t tell right now if this is the result of WordPress being hacked, or because of some ongoing fitful service I’ve been getting from my ISP.
As a safety precaution, [...]
My ever-thinkish buddy Charles Moore recently brought up something in a G+ discussion thread: In fantasy fiction, why does everyone have the same name for places? Different languages would lead toward proliferation of names, and even local usage varies from place to place (what is “Dead [...]
This is just a note to mention I’ve been mostly offline for a while, but have some new world building material in the pipeline and so we’ll be having new blog posts here shortly. Meanwhile, check out the Free Info tab for links to the “how to” content here. [...]
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