This is a new series featuring articles written by other writers on the art of world building. The series will go out every Tuesday and feature around 5 articles I have read and enjoyed over the past week.
Facebook Ate My Blogging Time
Author: K. Stoddard Hayes
After realising she had spent far too much time on Facebook Hayes wrote an article asking her community what they thought would be the social equivalent of Facebook pre-internet. One of the interesting thing here is the great discussion that developed around the article. Some suggestions included town criers, smoke signals, African drums. Click here to read more.
Telepathy Mirror Neurons Run Rampant
Author: Lex Mosgrove
Do you think telepathy would be an awesome power to have? Lex thinks so too and had a good ponder on the subject. This is an article on the pseudo science of telepathy, but it isn’t as complicated as that might sound. This article would be a good read for a science fiction writer. I’d never even heard of mirror neurons before I read this article. Click here to learn more.
Stories From Myth: Mitsukuni vs Princess Takiyasha
Using mythology to inspire world building is something writers do all the time – just think of TV shows such as Stargate for example. In this article 4649matt looks at an eastern myth and breaks it down into the fundamental elements. These can then be used to rebuild your own stories by adding different settings or characters to them. Click here to read the article.
World Building Through Character
Author: Anna Stan
Anna is a children’s and YA author. Not only does she have a very pretty website but she also continues to produce brilliant articles on the art of writing. In this article Anna approaches world building from the point of view of your character. This is a tool she uses to quickly build a realistic world for her stories. Click here to read the article.
My Love For Steampunk
Author: Chersti Nieveen
I’ve included this link because quite simply The League Of Steam are amazing! Chersti introduced me to the League’s youtube channel and it is brilliant! If you like steam punk, eccentric characters and the ghost busters then first check out this article before watching The League Of Steam. Warning: This is detrimental to productivity, but is brilliant for research. Click here to read more.
Medieval Castles 101: Defensive Measures
An amazingly detailed article on medieval castle defences. Tsuchigari has also written a number of other articles relating to Castle anatomy through to what life in a castle would be like. This is one blog any fantasy writer should definitely check out. Click here to read the article.
So there you have it. 5 articles on world building that are well worth a read.
If you have any suggestions for articles to include in a future hunt then please let me know in the comments below. I’m always on the lookout for great blogs and websites on world building.