Showing posts with label world. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tips on World Building - The Skeleton

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I decided to do a segment on World Building, which is by far one of the most important aspects of any story, regardless what genre it is. I'll be sharing tips as well on how to make an imaginary world believable in a set of posts, so the first part is:

The skeleton.

Before you start any story, an important aspect to consider is how the world is shaped, what is it called, what is the dominant religion, how wealth is distributed and so on.

Knowing the cities and villages of a continent can give you clear directions on where the characters are going, and what they should do. That is why before I write a story, I draw a little map on my whiteboard and name the countries, cities, villages, forts whatever the landscape will have. Always keep in mind that, wealth is never shared equally. If there is a wealthy person, then that is because someone got poor because of him.

If you need any tips, pay attention to the current world state of our own little planet. That is:

1- People will always disagree.
2- There will always be an organization to protect something (environment, earth day and so on...).
3- For someone to be rich, another must be poor.
4- Power corrupts, so the ones in charge have a huge chance of being complete assholes.
5- There is no evil. A good person may do an evil deed, and vice versa (it just depends).
6- Humans fear the unknown. If your world has humans, then they ought to behave like them too.

These are only the first ingredients of the world you're building, other things to consider are basically how much control do the common people have, do they have an activist hero fighting for their rights or equality? How secure their everyday life is?

Stay tuned for more!

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Updates, News and Currently in Progress + Excerpt!

Hello!

I know that I missed last week's post, and I thought that I should explain why, I promise you though, I'm not slacking off. Well, sort of... Jack of Scurvy Bay has not been released yet, because at the last minute I decided to enter it in a competition.

And currently, I have a couple of submissions to some magazines in Canada and the USA, aside from that, I began the last editing round on Dragon Tooth finally in order to prepare it for the June release!

I'm doing a lot of exciting things as well. One of which, is I started working on a new project called "Titans: War For the World". I'm not sure to be honest at this current stage if it'll be a novella or a full novel so I decided to just relax and take my time with it. It'll be as long as it needs to be.

So, I will leave you with a little excerpt from chapter 1! I hope you enjoy this:


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       For hundreds of years, the reign of the Magmar dynasty knew only peace that was built on fear and respect. The current King Magmar the Third was known to spare the opposing faction only if their King and all of their commanders surrender and bow to him in their own home capital in front of the entire population.
With that tradition, nearly all of those who opposed the Crown disappeared as they were absorbed in the culture. This was but a beautiful day in the peaceful village of Palleria.
       “The ancient history books speak of seven entities, whether they be divine or not, has been a debate for hundreds of years. It is said that any man that can strike the fatal blow to one, gains their power,” said Mein, he was old and wore a dark gray robe that only showed his eyes and long gray beard.
       The class that he lectured grew silent with every bit of his word. Palleria has been known to keep a great deal of history of the ancient lore, and as such this was a tale that all children grew up with, cherished the thought that one day they too may possess the strength to change the world.
       “Master Mein . . . Are the titans real?” asked one of the children.
       “No one knows, the last recorded incident of their existence is before the time of the Magmars. The story says that King Magmar the First raised an army and challenged them for the right to the very earth. Some say that he slew two of the seven titans, and gained the Strength and the Voice.”
       “What do they do?”
       Mein took a deep sigh, he could not blame them for their excitement. “It is said that the Titan of Strength grants its slayer immense powers, he could lift a rock the size of a mountain. And the Voice is when you hear the souls of a hundred ancient lord counselling you on every matter.”
       “What happened then?” they asked.
       “Well . . . King Magmar soared through the armies of the remaining Titans and slew them all, liberating the world, and well, the books of history stop there. That would be enough for today. If any of you-“ Mein noticed a student that was looking across seeming lost in thought.  

Monday, April 18, 2016

5 Tips On How To Build A Convincing World


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One of the main issues that writers face when writing fiction is world building. It may be a writer's ultimate demise to be honest, however there are a couple of tips and tricks that you can use in order to make the world your writing about sound convincing. 

1- Explain everything. Whether it involves magic, or a mysterious old knight who was banished from his village for bringing dishonor to it by commanding a band of warriors and challenging the throne. Give lots of back information but make sure that it is not an info dump. Explain the complexiity through simple means. Be it a foreigner who doesn't know the traditions of a country (to which is explained to) or through flashbacks. 

2- Either start with everyone knowing, or everyone is shocked to know. If your world contains magic, you might want to start in a way that it is something that has been absorbed by the community all along and everyone is aware of it. You can then explain the limitations (I'll to it in a minute) through either combat or carefuly crafted dialog. 

3- Limitations. Always have golden rules that cannot be broken, and put imitations to hinder the characters from being overpowered. For example, a wizard's strengh may be determined by his energy, willpower or some sort of mana mechanism. 

4- Craft good shocks, not unbelievable ones. Having your protagonist suddenly discover that they have that ONE legendary spell that can take every opponent down just when they are in a pinch is somewhat annoying and shocks the readers out of the world. "But couldn't he have used it before?" these sort of questions if they leak into your readers, you lose them.

5- Everyone loves exploring. I found that one of the bst ways to make the readers fall for your world, is to have your protagonist at one point explore the world! Discover different cultures and have complex societies with their own certain rules. You can be wild. Have a city where slaves are the masters even though they are slaves. Did I make sense? No. Does it matter? Nope. 

That's all for now,

Until next time,
Write on.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Will to Change the World

Too many times we spend inside a bubble that has existed for so long, too many times do we point fingers, blaming this and that why something is not how we want it to be, too many times do we spend worrying, criticizing not knowing what the future holds but yet we all know that we do nothing about it. What is wrong with the world? Many things. Too many things to change, some even argue that no one can change the world and warns that if you spend too much time trying to change the world, the world changes you. 

 "I exist, therefore I matter. " - Plato.

The problem isn't something bigger than you, it is the root that needs to be changed. Some people spend too much time criticizing the world that they forget they are part of it. But, do you know what the problem really is? It is you. You're doing nothing, you waste time talking about how rotten the world is yet you do not take action; that is the problem. You see each and single one of us has the power to change the world but we let our insecurities get the better of us, we dwell on shadows of doubts that should not exist in any person's mind. "Am I good enough? Can I do this? Am I even capable of doing this? Why did I fail?". 

We always lose some battles, always fail to accomplish some of our goals but you know what? That's part of life as well, going through defeat, how else would you savor the taste of victory? How else would you know how to win? Winners aren't those who don't lose, they are the ones who don't give up, because when the will is strong enough, the how gives way and that completes the cycle of life, which dictates that in order to win, you need to first lose, and THEN learn how to win.

 We are all powerful, more powerful than we anticipate, more powerful than we think we are, more powerful than what we giver ourselves credit for, but all those things evaporate we don't nurture our talents, feelings, emotions and thoughts. Cherish your memories and hold them dear, remember why you want to change the world, to create a better future, and through those memories, let the light of you shine, so that other may follow in your footsteps and walk beside you. Give yourself the permission to rise, shine and excel. Push your boundries and go out of your comfort zone instead of staying in the bubble YOU KNOW exists, and remember that if you stay long enough and didn't change the bubble, you BECOME the bubble.