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Designing Your Fantasy Empire – Mythcreants

Designing Your Fantasy Empire

The empire is a staple of fantasy fiction, and it’s not hard to see why. Much of human history has been shaped by empires, so authors have a lot of fodder for inspiration. But empires, ...

Biology Biology Creating a Race (2) Creating Animals (2) Disease (2) Ecosystems (2) Evolution (and Space) Flora and Fauna Genetics Inventing Species List of Legendary Creatures Night Vision/Color Vision People Constructed Language (Conlang) Basics/Phonology (2) (3) Conlang Conlang Guide Conlang vs. English Creating a Language (Revised) Culture + Language Curse Words How to Create Your Own Language How to Create a Language IPA Pronunciation Making Up Words Culture Guides 7 Deadly Sins Alien…

Biology Biology Creating a Race (2) Creating Animals (2) Disease (2) Ecosystems (2) Evolution (and Space) Flora and Fauna Genetics Inventing Species List of Legendary Creatures Night Vision/Color Vision People Constructed Language (Conlang) Basics/Phonology (2) (3) Conlang Conlang Guide Conlang vs. English Creating a Language (Revised) Culture + Language Curse Words How to Create Your Own Language How to Create a Language IPA Pronunciation Making Up Words Culture Guides 7 Deadly Sins Alien…

Worldbuilding: How Does Your World Tell Time? - Author J.S. Morin

Worldbuilding: How Does Your World Tell Time? -

Unless you write in a very strange setting, people are going to keep track of the passage of time. It’s a fact of life that we take for granted, but there’s a lot of history that goes into our own modern timekeeping system. January through June are all derived from Roman and Greek mythology, July […]

When to Put Your Brains into Your World Building (how to show the details in the actual writing)

When to Put Your Brains into Your World Building

NaNoWriMo Day 4 Tips from Harry Potter Although I had planned to do a post today on food, a comment in yesterday's post from Farida Mestek made me think we needed a follow-up on world building. Food will come tomorrow. UPDATE: I realized after posting this that I hadn't made one point clear. I'm assuming with the post below that a writer has already blocked in their large picture view of world building, and what I'm addressing are the details that sometimes only surface once the writing…

THE PROS AND CONS OF WORLDBUILDING USING UNFAMILIAR CULTURES

The Pros and Cons of Worldbuilding Using Unfamiliar Cultures

Guest blog by Jay Kristoff about the pros and cons of setting your story in an unfamiliar culture.

The Rules of Quick and Dirty Worldbuilding

The Rules of Quick and Dirty Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is the art of creating an alternate universe where the rules of present-day Earth life don't apply, and you have been appreciating that art for as long as you've been reading or watching science fiction.

A GUIDE TO FANTASY WORLDBUILDING FROM MISTBORN AUTHOR

A Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding From Mistborn Author | Geek and Sundry

If you’re the kind of geek who grew up knowing how The Silmarillion tied into Lord of the Rings, or why Grand Admiral Thrawn was one of the best Star Wars villains ever despite never appearing on film, you’ll instantly grab on what Mistborn author Brandon Sanderson is doing as a writer. He’s long talked about how when he pitched his metal-magic-minded Mistborn series, he wasn’t just pitching one book, he was pitching a set of worlds ranging from epic fantasy to contemporary political…

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Magic systems can bring a sense of wonder to your fantasy and sci-fi worlds. Here are my 3 top tips for writing an original magic system for your novel #writing #writingadvice #writingtips #NaNoWriMo #novel #creatingcharacters #writingprompts #publishing #amwriting #WIP #writingblog #author #authors #novelwriting

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Magic systems can bring a sense of wonder to your fantasy and sci-fi worlds. Here are my 3 top tips for writing an original magic system for your novel #writing #writingadvice #writingtips #NaNoWriMo #novel #creatingcharacters #writingprompts #publishing #amwriting #WIP #writingblog #author #authors #novelwriting

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Creatures

Are you looking for creatures who haven't already been written about a million times? This list contains creatures, both old and new, who are lesser known and not overdone. Perfect for your creative writing. #supernatural #mythicalcreatures #fantasy #author

The Ultimate List of Supernatural Creatures for Creative Writers

Are you looking for creatures who haven't already been written about a million times? This list contains creatures, both old and new, who are lesser known and not overdone. Perfect for your creative writing. #supernatural #mythicalcreatures #fantasy #author

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Flora

ICYMI, here's toxicologist Megan Chaudhuri on poisons in SF/F literature:  #ScienceInSF

Poisons in SFF - Dan Koboldt

Toxicologist Megan Cartwright Chaudhuri discusses toxins and poisons in sci-fi/fantasy literature.

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Small towns are a classic literary setting | small town world building | writing tips | world building tips | world building writing | world building ideas | world building country | worldbuilding writing | worldbuilding ideas

Small Town World Building With Jacquelyn Eubanks

Small towns are a classic literary setting | small town world building | writing tips | world building tips | world building writing | world building ideas | world building country | worldbuilding writing | worldbuilding ideas

10 Tips for Unique, Creative World-Building

10 Tips for Unique, Creative World-Building

I'm recycling this blog post from PFW. Like a boss. Like a boss who's tired and forgot today was Friday. Thank you for bearing with me. World-building is probably one of my favorite parts about being a writer. It allows me to get incredibly creative, and also gives me an excuse to Google weird things like the history of rice fields (it’s more interesting than it sounds) and whether or not it’s possible to ride a wolf (the answer is very disappointing). See, there are so many different things…

Justice and Writeousness| Muse of Nightmares, the sequel to Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, is a fascinating story. What stood out to me most was how rich the world was.  Not only was one culture fleshed out, but there were three or four societies developed, with their strengths and weaknesses. Not only was there one secret hidden in history, but there were several, answering or complicating the problems in the present. These multiple cultures and contexts gave the world an incredibly…

Muse of Nightmares: Worldbuilding

Muse of Nightmares, the sequel to Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, is a fascinating story. I wrote about the phenomenal writing in the first book here, and that was still present in Muse. But w…

The Ultimate List of Supernatural Creatures for Creative Writers

Looking for something different for your fantasy novel? Check out this list of supernatural creatures for creative writers.

7 Ways To Create A Spectacular Magic System For Your Novel

Writers Write is your one-stop writing resource. Use this list we put together to create a spectacular magic system in your novel.

A simple worldbuilding worksheet to help you create a magic system for your story world - worldbuilding questions for the people, the mechanics & the world.

How to Create a Magic System - Worldbuilding Questionnaire

A simple worldbuilding worksheet to help you create a magic system for your story world - worldbuilding questions for the people, the mechanics & the world.

Are you looking for creatures who haven't already been written about a million times? This list contains creatures, both old and new, who are lesser known and not overdone. Perfect for your creative writing. #supernatural #mythicalcreatures #fantasy #author

The Ultimate List of Supernatural Creatures for Creative Writers

Are you looking for creatures who haven't already been written about a million times? This list contains creatures, both old and new, who are lesser known and not overdone. Perfect for your creative writing. #supernatural #mythicalcreatures #fantasy #author

Magic systems can bring a sense of wonder to your fantasy and sci-fi worlds. Here are my 3 top tips for writing an original magic system for your novel #writing #writingadvice #writingtips #NaNoWriMo #novel #creatingcharacters #writingprompts #publishing #amwriting #WIP #writingblog #author #authors #novelwriting

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Magic systems can bring a sense of wonder to your fantasy and sci-fi worlds. Here are my 3 top tips for writing an original magic system for your novel #writing #writingadvice #writingtips #NaNoWriMo #novel #creatingcharacters #writingprompts #publishing #amwriting #WIP #writingblog #author #authors #novelwriting

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Why I believe clichés are necessary | Success Savvy Mom

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Beware of these monster girls lurking in your YA fantasy reads (and enjoy them, of course!).   book lists | ya books | ya fantasy books | young adult book lists | #YALit

Monster Girls In YA Fantasy

Beware of these monster girls lurking in your YA fantasy reads (and enjoy them, of course!). book lists | ya books | ya fantasy books | young adult book lists | #YALit

Learn how to use clichés to your advantage in your story. Learn how using them can add depth and meaning, and learn how to avoid the traps associated with them! #writingtips #amwriting #writing

Why I believe clichés are necessary | Success Savvy Mom

Learn how to use clichés to your advantage in your story. Learn how using them can add depth and meaning, and learn how to avoid the traps associated with them! #writingtips #amwriting #writing

Writing about the Underworld #mystique #underworld #mythology #writers #writing #advice

The Underworld and How to Use it in Your Story | creative writing blog

Writing about the Underworld #mystique #underworld #mythology #writers #writing #advice

8 Necessary Tips for How to Write Child Characters - Helping Writers Become Authors

8 Necessary Tips for How to Write Child Characters - Helping Writers Become Authors

One of the trickiest types of characters to get right are children. Learn 8 major tips for how to write child characters that resonate with readers.

Fantasy Series Tips: How-to Write a Fantasy Series | Writing Advice & Writing Tips | Writerly Things

If you’re itching to write a compelling and engaging fantasy series your reader won’t want to put down, read on for my top five tips for writing fantasy.

Learn how to use clichés to your advantage in your story. Learn how using them can add depth and meaning, and learn how to avoid the traps associated with them!

Why clichés are necessary

Learn how to use clichés to your advantage in your story. Learn how using them can add depth and meaning, and learn how to avoid the traps associated with them!