Lenora Rose has a guest blog post over at Civilian Reader on worldbuilding. It’s worth the read for the Patricia C. Wrede and okapi references alone, but there is a lot of solid insight in writing a story based on a world not our own.
If you read Rose’s novella The Illusion of Steel you’ll recognize a lot of what she writes about in the story. She’s very clear that how she tackles writing challenges is what works for her, at this time, and that it might not be useful for all writers everywhere. For writer’s it’s a nice look at a fundamental part of fantasy writing. For readers it’s an interesting look into how your fantasy world sausage is made.
Everyone have a wonderful weekend!
You open the book to a random page …
Q: The altar has been prepared. What now?
A: Now is a good time to review your procedures. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Did you consecrate the altar prior to spilling blood on it as per the rites in Chapter 2?
You open the latest issue of Dijelqi TEACH Magazine to the stiff, colorful pages at the center…
“In honor of Planetary Reading Time-Season, tear out these posters and hang them up in your classroom!” You unfold the first poster.
Six Great Reasons to Read
1. Your household robots won’t respect you if you’ve read fewer books than they have.
2. Your eyestalks can shrivel and fall off if you don’t read at least a thousand words of text per day. We all know it’s a bummer to wait for them to grow back.