What story do you wish to tell?
Where will your story take you?
Are you ready for this adventure?
Why Do We Love Stories?
What is it about stories that capture our attention and intrigue us so much?
Is it the characters? Plot? Themes? The world-building? Or is it a mix of all four?
Stories that are well-written can transport us to different worlds, engulfing us in the lives and cultures of different characters until we feel as though we’re a part of these worlds.
A whispering forest, scorching desert, or dense jungle can become as real as the book in your hands with the right descriptions and rich world-building.
But creating a story world with complex characters, inspiring themes, and memorable worldbuilding can seem completely overwhelming! Especially for fantasy and sci-fi storytellers.
With so many things to consider as you prepare to tell your story, there’s also the very important question of “where to begin?” which is what we’ll be answering on this blog.
So, let’s get started!
Release Day! Today is the official release day for Every Bush Afire, a book by Kyle Peters. I actually had the honor of copy editing and designing the inside layout of the book, so to celebrate the release of Every Bush Afire—and my first experience with being a part...
Making mistakes can really shake your confidence, and building your confidence back up can take time. But there are some things that you can do to speed up the process. In fact, here are five things that helped me continue writing after failing.
Last week, I failed as a writer. Or at least, that’s how it felt. I’ve spent six months planning, worldbuilding, and writing a novel that just wouldn’t work. Nearly 40,000 words were wasted on my failure of a story—and I didn’t even get halfway through the plot.
It’s not like everyone in a society woke up one day, looked at a random person, and said, “Hey you! Wanna tell all of us what to do?” There are many ways for the average (or not-so-average) citizen to find themselves in a position of authority.
Whether you never run out of story ideas or you could use some inspiration now and then, prompts are a tool that every writer can utilize.
Question: Why would anyone willingly let someone else tell them what to do?
Answer: They wouldn’t. Not unless they get something in return.
In today’s blog, we’ll be discussing how to create fictional societies from scratch by using the cause-and-effect method. When I first started writing fantasy, I focused more on the plot than the worldbuilding—mostly because I had no idea how to world-build. ...
Worldbuilding for fantasy stories is a lot of fun. You get to put all sorts of interesting places, creatures, cultures, and technology in your stories. Not to mention, you can bend the laws of nature without shattering a reader’s suspension of disbelief—that is, if you do it correctly.
Organization is something that all writers struggle with now and then. Whether you have page after page of information about your story world and characters, or you can sum up everything you know in one paragraph, if you have no assigned method or place to record your information then you may find yourself frantically flipping through notebooks or searching through your documents just for one small detail.
A creator is a writer who is a worldbuilder first and writer second. They enjoy creating new and interesting creatures and places. They usually have documents full of fictional plants, animals, governing systems, foods, drinks, and whatever else they can think to create.