Category: Writing Advice

Do You Fight the Urge to Edit Right Away?

Editing Fantasy Sci-fi author Shana Scott

Editing before the project is finished can sometimes stop a writer from moving forward. This technique could help fight the urge to edit right away.

Doctor Who! (Spoiler Free) The Importance of Tone!

The Doctor

Tone is so important to the creation of the world in order to bring your reader or audience into the correct mental space of the story you want to present. Doctor Who is a great example of how tone affects the world.

Fictional Anthropology

Culture - Fantasy and Sci-fi

Viewing world building as fictional anthropology is a great way to ensure your world is complex, realistic, and unique, without falling prey to genre tropes.

What Kind of Writer Are You?

Writer - science fiction fantasy author

Understanding your own writing is a step every author has to take. It tells you not only what you write, but why you write it.

The Last Guardian: A Hollow World

The Last Guardian Boy and Trico

Take a look at the dangers of too little world building through the game The Last Guardian.

Ready Player One: When You Know Too Much

Ready Player One

Ready Player One is a great example of the dangers of too much world-building being dumped onto the reader. Let’s take a look at the tightrope authors walk when when building a universe.

The Wonderful World of Pets!

Pets Dog Howl

So let’s talk pets. One of the fun things about creating fantasy or science fiction worlds is deciding what (if any) animals the people of your world have taken a liking to. It gives you a bit more freedom to go beyond the traditional…

Eclipse!

NASA on The Commons

In honor of the truly awesome total solar eclipse that I so happen to have been in the path of totality for, let’s take a quick look at how people react to this astronomical phenomenon. Whether you’re fantasy or science fiction, the stars tend…

Fashion – Part 1: Breasts

So let’s talk fashion. Specifically women’s fashion. Even more specifically large-breasted women’s fashion. As a woman who suffers from large breasts—and yes, suffer is the correct word—I have the authority to enlighten you on a few things.

Gods and Rituals and Theocracies, Oh My!

Religion world building

I want to talk a little bit about religion. As big as this subject is, I’m sure I’ll come back to it several more times, but for now I want to look at how religion can impact the rest of the world. Don’t worry,…