The Glory and Utility of Fandom

The funny thing about fan fiction is that it exists both at the top and the bottom of the writing food chain. A lot of writers start with fan fiction because they find a story that inspires them so much that it galvanizes them to experiment, and this is why they pick up a penContinue reading “The Glory and Utility of Fandom”

The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 5: Nature

Taking nature into account during your worldbuilding means thinking about everything that you take for granted. Most stories just take place on Earth. As a resident of Earth (probably) you have at least a cursory understanding of what life on Earth is like. You probably already understand that Earth gets a bit colder near theContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 5: Nature”

What is Love?

It’s time to talk about the romance genre, and I want to start by dropping a bit of a bomb on you (a big bomb if you’re really into romance novels): Romance Novels are just like High Fantasy novels. Seriously. Not only are romance and high fantasy two of the oldest sub-genres known to mankind,Continue reading “What is Love?”

Is this just fantasy?

Fantasy, you could argue, is the oldest of the literary genres, starting some four or five-thousand years ago when Gilgamesh and Enkidu formed the first party of adventurers and set out to slay Humbaba the Terrible in the name of glory. Ancient peoples told stories of gods that influenced their lives and monsters that layContinue reading “Is this just fantasy?”

The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 4: Technology

This is a continuation of my multi-part listicle on world building. If you want to read the other parts, click here. Technology is a subject of incredible depth in storytelling and world building. Technology, at any level of sophistication, is likely to play a role in your story, and it must be accounted for whenContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 4: Technology”

The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 3: Titles and Naming Conventions

This is a continuation of my multi-part listicle on world building. If you want to read the other parts, in which I cover my experiences and opinions on language and time as they pertain to world building, click here. Oboro Dono. Herr Schindler. Agent Bond. Princess Cirilla. Warrant Officer Ripley. Moiraine Sedai. Detective Holmes. LordContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 3: Titles and Naming Conventions”

“Kids These Days”

What a terrible phrase. Of the many failings that adults have, I find the in-group mentality and our pattern of forgetting who we used to be among the most upsetting. It’s tiring, really. There are records of people complaining about “kids these days” dating back thousands of years, and I guarantee that we’ve been regurgitatingContinue reading ““Kids These Days””

The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 2: A Matter of Time

This is a continuation of my multi-part listicle on world building. If you want to read part one, in which I cover my experiences and opinions on language as it pertains to world building, click here. Referencing Time I place time in ninth place among my strata of world-building considerations, just above language, because timeContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 2: A Matter of Time”

The Beginner’s Guide to Creating A Universe Part 1: Language

While attending college, one of my professors gave the class an assignment and provided us with an exhaustive form for worldbuilding that we had to fill out in its entirety to get top marks. I won’t be sharing that with you here, because first: I’m sure it was proprietary in some way, and second: itContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Creating A Universe Part 1: Language”

Making History

Historical fiction is the genre of writing that fictionalizes events in an historical era of Earth. In works of historical fiction, expect to find actors—be they historically grounded or entirely original—actively participating in events of historical significance, or living their stories with an historical event prominent in the background. Think about how the movie TheContinue reading “Making History”