Friday Quote (22)

“There’s a rule of writing: if everything is funny, nothing is funny; if everything is sad, nothing is sad. You want that contrast.”

-J. Michael Straczynski

~Nightsong

Creating a Fantasy World

Hey everyone!  It has been a while, but I am back!  And I have decided to dedicate a blog post to creating fantasy worlds.  So let’s get started.

When creating a brand new world, writers need to employ logic and emotion.  They need to capture the power of the reader’s imagination in a way that allows them to experience the world as if they too were living there alongside the characters.

So what are some ways that we can do this?

Well, to be honest, I have struggled with creating new worlds in the past.  I get carried away and have to backtrack so that everything makes sense.  So let me give you  seven things to do when creating your fictional world.

1) Draw a map.

Seriously this helps.  I used to get all turned around, forgetting where certain towns were located or which direction characters were even headed.  But now that I have started drawing maps, it gives me a much better lay out of the land, and it helps me to picture it in my head better.  Physically mapping the world grounds the land.  Meaning, it gives the writer the sense that their world is real and that it has real boundaries.  I seriously am always looking at my map when I write.

2) Give your fantasy world rules.

Consistency is a crucial aspect of world-building.  This is because the world provides a foundation for the action that is to take place in the story.  So let’s say the world has magic.  What are the rules?  Do magic users need a conduit to use magic, say a wand or a staff?  What are the limits placed on the use of magic?  Are characters born with a magical ability or do they have to spend years unlocking it?  The important thing is to build a foundation that works for your world.

3) Decide who the main intelligent inhabitants of your world are.

Do humans exist in your fantasy world?  If so, are they the only intelligent life?  If not, decide if there will be fairies, elves, dwarves, or even a race of your own creation.

4) Figure out the government system of your world.

Is it a democracy, a monarchy, or a republic?  Or even something else.  Who holds the authority in your world?  Who makes up the ruling class?

5) Decide what you want the world to be like.

What is the relationship between the inhabitants that the story is focusing on and the rest of the world?  Are they part of the dominate culture of the world, or are they the ones being oppressed?  What is their society like compared to the rest of the world?  Are they hated, loved, or considered untrustworthy?  What types of morals does their society uphold? Also, what is the climate of your world?  Is it hot, cold, mild?  Are there seasons?  How long is a year?  And make sure to decide what types of technology that you want present in your world.  Is this world’s technology more or less advanced than our world’s technology?  There are so many more things to consider, but this is a start.

6) Think about the basic infrastructure of the world.

What do they eat?  How do they grow food?  How do the people get around?  How do people survive?  When creating a world, you are constructing an economy.  And in an economy, certain things are expected of people.  Are the peasants the ones producing all the food?  Who is responsible for providing the military with weapons?  Does your fantasy world even have an army/military?  If so, who is allowed to join?

7) Try writing a quick summary of what a day would be like for a random and ordinary inhabitant of your world.

This is a fun exercise to do so that you can get a feel of the lives of the other inhabitants of your world.

 

These are just a few things to consider when building your world!  Hope you enjoy.  Happy world-building.

~Nightsong

The High School Book Tag

Hey everyone!  I’ve been tagged by the awesome Angelica over at The Book Cover Girls! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you should.  Don’t worry, I’ll still be here when you come back.

Are you back?  Good!  Let’s get started.

The Rules:

  • Thank the creators: Namitha and Jasmine.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Add pictures! (If you want to, of course)
  • Tag (about) five people.

 

A+ on the test: A book or character that makes you smile?


Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson series, and the Heroes of Olympus series.  He is just so funny and witty.  But he’s also nice, brave, and loyal.  He’s just great.

Also, the book Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. 


Sports team: A fictional family that you want to be a part of?

I would have to say the Rampion crew from The Lunar Chronicles.  Even though they are not a “real” family, they care about each other.  They also have good dynamic and they would do anything to protect each other.

Class president: A book that tries to make a difference?

For this, I’m going to have to say The Chronicles of Narnia series.  This series was so influential and well-done.  It was written to teach people about the Bible through a whole different perspective.  The symbolism in this series was just incredible.

High school sweetheart: A book character you have a crush on?


Um, Percy Jackson or Peeta from The Hunger Games.  Peeta is just so nice and he never gives up on Katniss, even after he is brainwashed.  He is loyal to the end.

Prom night: A book with a beautiful cover?


Flame in the Mist! I haven’t read the book yet, but I am in love with the cover!

Spring break: A book you can always turn to when you need an escape?

I don’t really re-read books so I don’t have an answer for this question.

School lunch: A book character(s) you want to have lunch with?

Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles.  Or Percy Jackson.

Halloween party: A book character you would like to be for one day?

I’ll be honest, I don’t know.  Haha!

School bully: A villain you don’t want to go to school with?

The Collector from the new book The Valiant.  This guy is seriously creepy even though he is not even mentioned much.  Or Commander Natasha Jameson from the Legend series.

Graduation: A book with a bittersweet conclusion?


The Legend series has such a bittersweet ending.

*Spoiler Alert*

It’s so sad that Day forgets about June and that they don’t get to see each other until years afterwords.

 

 

I Tag: 

Tiana

Shadow Summit

Akaluv

 

~Nightsong

 

 

 

 

Tips for Avoiding “Telling” When Writing

  1. Name things.

Instead of just saying hat, you should say baseball cap or cowboy hat.  It will give the reader a better picture.

2. Instead of using adjectives that tell, you should use verbs that show.

Instead of old wood, you could say the wood crumbled beneath my fingers.  This shows the reader that the wood is old instead of telling them.

3. Eliminate the word VERY.

Instead of saying it was a very cold evening, say it was a frigid evening.  Better yet: The night was still, empty, as if even the animals knew to hide from the frigid weather that had numbed the world.

So this was just a short post.  There will be a part two later.

~Nightsong