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After. Behind the Name: Meaning of Names, Baby Name Meanings. One Writer's World-Building Tools. By Barbra Annino On my desk I have a notebook, a folder, pens and three books.

One Writer's World-Building Tools

On my wall I have a whiteboard scribbled with text and a storyboard pasted with pictures. Why? Because I’m beginning a new series filled with brand new concepts, characters and storylines. In essence, I’m building a world and these are my tools. World building is one of the most exciting aspects of the writing process. So let me breakdown how I use these tools and why they are necessary. The notebook is the bible for my series. Next is the folder. Pens and post-its are what I use to mark pages in research books I buy or borrow.

There are at least 20 authors I can think of off the top of my head who write about vampires and most of them differ greatly, but they all know the myths of the traditional vampire stories. To the whiteboard goes the brainstorming ideas. Sookie Stackhouse can mind-read. These are rules. Last, the storyboard. So there you have it. Top photo: Tobacco & Mule Exchange in Apex, NC. Magical World Builder. By, Stephanie Cottrell Bryant The Magical World Builder's Guide is a tool for creating a fantasy universe.

Magical World Builder

Although there are several good guidebooks to creating a science fiction world, few deal with the quintessential elements of a fantasy realm. This guide ambitiously attempts to help fantasy authors discover their realms long before they sit down to the keyboard and fill in the details. In addition, I've written a much-beloved 30 Days of World Building tutorial designed to help you hit the ground running with your world building in just a few minutes a day. By popular demand, you can now download the Magical WorldBuilder Guide in three easy-to-carry (non-DRM) formats:PDF for printing out at home or reading on a computerePub for use with many fine ereader devicesMOBI for use with Kindles and MobiPocket software.

Fantasy, like all fiction, is a function of the imagination. In another classic fantasy example, Ursula K. The Art & Science of World Building: The Tools You Need to Make a Believable World - Writing Blog. By Nina Munteanu Posted August 11th, 2011 • 15 comments Most fantasy and science fiction novels require major world-building, which involves both real and imagined aspects.

The Art & Science of World Building: The Tools You Need to Make a Believable World - Writing Blog

World building spices real physical and social facts with the author’s imagination to create a civilization, a political structure, a culture and zeitgeist as backdrop and influence to story. Writers define world-building as the process of constructing an imaginary world, usually associated with a fictional universe. Popularized at science fiction workshops during the 1970s, the term describes the development of an imaginary setting that is coherent and possesses a history, geography, and ecology that is rich, unique and resonates with the story’s premise. The list below provides things to consider when first building your world: Science vs. Part of the reason people read historical epics is to learn more about that particular civilization and time period. A lot of science fiction is written by nonscientists.

How Long Should Your Story Be? One common question asked by many writers is: "How long should my story be?

How Long Should Your Story Be?

" The simplest answer is: As long as it takes to tell the whole story. However, there are certain word lengths that editors prefer to see when submitting work. Here is an approximate guideline for story lengths. Micro-Fiction up to 100 words This very abbreviated story is often difficult to write, and even harder to write well, but the markets for micro fiction are becoming increasingly popular in recent times. Flash Fiction 100 - 1,000 words This is the type of short-short story you would expect to find in a glossy magazine, often used to fill one page of quick romance (or quick humor, in men's mags) Very popular, quick and easy to write, and easier to sell!

Short Story 1,000 - 7,500 words The 'regular' short story, usually found in periodicals or anthology collections. Novellette.