World Building from the Inside Out


One of the people who has read an excerpt from my novel thought that I should spend a little more time world building. He suggested that I read some of the works of LE Modesit…

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For Whom to Die?


World Building from the Inside Out, Part 5 All good things come to an end, and so does this series on world building, based on Janeen Ippolito’s excellent blog post. The fifth question to pose…

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Addictions Come in Many Forms


World Building from the Inside Out, Part 4 Each week, I’m enjoying this exploration into my heroine’s mind, thanks to help from Janeen Ippolito’s great blog post on world building. This time the question hits…

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A Devastating Turn of Events


World Building from the Inside Out, Part 3 This is the third week of exploring the world building questions from Janeen Ippolito’s blog. This week’s question about my main character is an interesting one and…

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Dangers of Birds Overhead


World Building from the Inside Out, Part 2 Last week we looked at the first question from Janeen Ippolito’s world building blog. This week’s question about my main character is a great one: A bird…

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Inside Out World Building


This week I stumbled on Janeen Ippolito’s blog that teaches, among other things, world building. This blog shows how to build worlds from the inside out. The idea is to get into the heads of…

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Seven Odd Musical Instruments


  Travel anywhere in the world and what do you find in every culture? No, I’m not thinking about alcohol (but that would be true). I’m thinking of musical instruments. So as I build the…

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Building a World


As writers of science fiction and fantasy know all too well, a major piece of crafting novels in these genres is creating the world and its history. Part of what gives such classics as The…

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Truly Odd Alcoholic Drinks


  Just about every society has its alcoholic beverages, so I set out to come up with some unusual ones for Tlefas, the world I’ve created for my novels. I searched the internet for some…

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Odd Things Used as Currency


What will people use for money after an economic collapse? That was one question I asked myself as I started writing my novel. Originally, it was going to be set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. (Somehow…

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