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First Draft: World Building

Where your story takes place is just as important as every other aspect of story telling. Creating a well rounded world helps your reader visualise the story better and it adds another level – hidden depth – to your story.

World building is a lot more than just describing the setting. Here are my tips on what to think about for successful world building:

Landscape

Is your story set on Earth, in space, or a fictional, fantasy world with two suns and a red sky? The reader wants to feel immersed and be able to visual your world.

Laws / Magic Systems

This can include the basic authority hierarchy as in a government system, or the laws of magic and wizardry. You set the limits in your world, and setting limits is extremely important.

For example, JK. Rowling had a wizarding government that created and executed laws so she could keep the use of magic within a realistic, manageable realm with actions and consequences.

Religion

Does religion factor in your story? Do you need to create a new religion for your fictional world? It is always a good idea to think about this, even if you don’t think religion plays a role in your narrative. It may affect other characters or play into the historical side to your world.

History

Is there folk lore or myth in your narrative that dates back in your world’s history? Was there a tyrant King that changed the economy for the worse, or a heroine Queen who saved the people from a dictatorship? Backstory is an important factor in a believable, well rounded world.

Era

Era is more than just stating what decade or century your tale is set in. It is about staying true to the time period in regards to technology, etiquette, and society etc.

Language

A lot of authors struggle when it comes to language, especially if they have to make up a whole new tongue. Knowing your language helps you weave it effortlessly through your narrative without it becoming jarring for the reader.

This topic also follows on from the point above- era. Knowing your era and the language used helps with consistency and realism.


I hope these points have given you some food for thought. As you can tell, they all link into each other, and that is exactly what you want in your world: consistency continuity, and believability.


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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

It feels a little strange not having NaNo to keep me accountable for my word counts, but no fear, I’m sticking to it. I have decided to post my daily word counts to my Instagram stories from now on.

Anyhoo, you’re here for a teaser, right? I had plenty to choose from this week… thankfully.


I’ll see you tomorrow for my Character Interview post with Adam Lovick. Whoop!


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Teaser Tuesday

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I have had my most productive writing week yet! I’m not going to lie, I have been looking forward to this Teaser Tuesday because I knew exactly what quote I was going to use as soon as I wrote it.

“Umm, where’s the driver_” I ask.The kids point to the left side windows. “Out there, eating our teachers,” someone replies.

I love my MC, Oggy. He is great fun to write with the right amount of humour and empathy. I’m well and truly in his mindset now, so the words are flowing easier.


I’d love to have you pop into my little blogiverse for Prompt Me #6 tomorrow. You can even join in!


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Teaser Tuesday

It’s teaser Tuesday, folks! I’ve written a decent amount this week, despite having an eight month old that decided to pull himself to standing using the furniture and start crawling in the same week. Fear not, the playpen was delivered quickly… phew.

I had a few teasers to choose from, but I have decided to go with one that has a tad more insight into my MC.

It’s getting hard to pick teasers that don’t contain spoilers. As the weeks go on, I’m sure it’ll only get harder. Dont worry, I’ll hunt some out.


Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my Prompt Me #4 post.


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CampNaNo

CampNaNoWriMo: Final Week Update

campnanowrimo 2018begins...(1)I’m not a winner this month, but it was fairly obvious after week two that I was too far behind to catch up. I said to myself that I would be happy as long as I hit 10k. I made it to 10,015 words, so that was a small victory for me.

Congratulations to everyone who took part. Even if you didn’t win, any words written is progress and one step closer to that finished draft.

I would like to thank my cabin for being motivational and just awesome. It made getting to 10k that little easier.

I may be participating in July’s Camp, but my target word count will be considerably less. I will probably still be working on this WIP at that point.

Excerpt:

  Walker Norman hobbles his way toward me using the wall as a crutch until one of his people offer him a walking stick. He shoos them away as he approaches, leaving just the two of us alone in the corridor.

  “Does this decrepit, old man shock you?” he asks. Without ceremony, he leans in and kisses one cheek, and then the other. “Can’t let the world see that Walker Norman isn’t the vision of strength and vigour, eh?”

  “Must be a hard act to maintain,” I state, coolly.

  His mouth twitches with a smile. “Act, pah! The body perhaps, but the mind is still as sharp as a blade. That’s all that matters when it boils down to politics. Our ideologies last longer than us politicians.”


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