How to Build a World Workshop Tips to help your story feel more real
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This was originally part of WONDER QUEST hosted by Maram Taibah. This event has ended. Thank you to those who joined us.
Worldbuilding tips for beginners: Do you have an idea but don’t know how to implement it? Or a vague notion of an idea but aren’t sure how to focus it into a believable story?
This workshop is for you.
Brought to you by NYT & USAT Bestseller Michelle M. Pillow.
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How to Build a World Worksheets PLUS Bonus Tips from Bestselling Authors
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Meet the Speaker! Michelle M. Pillow
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More Tips from the Pros!
“If you don’t write it, you have nothing to be an author about.” – Michelle M. Pillow, NYT & USAT Bestseller
“Go crazy! Go nuts! Build your ideal world with every fantastical idea you can imagine. Then compare it to other books in your genre and scale it back. Balance your author soul with reader desires.”
NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author and Owner of Celia Kyle Read, Write, Hustle
“Pay as much attention to your character’s actions as their words. You can create complexity and intrigue by having them say one thing and do another.”
USA TODAY Bestselling Author April Aasheim
“Your rough draft is a giant slab of rough stone that you’ve just begun to whittle. Your final draft is a beautiful marble statue.
In between these two phases, you will want to throw your computer at the wall. That’s okay.” NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Carina Wilder
“ABC’s – Apply Butt to Chair. It is the discipline to finish more than anything that makes a project happen.”
NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Candice Gilmer
“An ounce of prep work goes a long way. Spending a little time upfront can save you a lot of headache down the road.”
NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Mandy M. Roth
“Don’t genre hop. Find something that works and stick with it.”
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Cara Bristol
“Loved ones, knowing I’m a writer, will often send me links to any articles or posts or headlines they find strange or interesting. This is one fun way they can participate in my awesome career.”
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Cynthia Sax
“Research, research, research. In world building, the devil (or God) is in the details, even those details you don’t put on the page. The wonders of your book world are made more so by the small trappings of the mundane.”
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Grace Draven
“Dedicate as much time as possible to studying craft. […] Join writer’s groups and find critique partners. Do NOT ask successful authors to hand feed you. If you can’t research, you can’t write a novel. Set daily word count goals. The mind is lazy and needs to be trained to work creatively just as the body needs to be trained to exercise.”
NY Times, Wall Street Journal & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Jana DeLeon
“You’ll be fine as long as you love writing enough to do it even when you hate it. Which is 90% of the time. The good news is that the other 10% of the time when everything clicks it is freaking magic.”
Renee George USA TODAY Bestselling Author
“Don’t suffer from comparisonitis by holding up your beginning efforts against a veteran author’s career. Work hard today, work harder tomorrow, and enjoy the journey. This creative calling is not a sprint.”
Fantasy Author Aria Bancroft
“Be consistent, and don’t box yourself into world rules too much in the beginning. Let them grow over the series.”
Yasmine Galenorn Publishers Weekly, NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author
“Done is better than perfect! In other words, just write the first draft – go ahead and let it out! Trust yourself (and your editor) to improve the next draft, but don’t let a quest for perfection stop you from writing at all.”
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tasha Black
“Keep your childlike sense of wonder and imagination and absolutely anything can become a story idea.”
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Evangeline Anderson
“In worldbuilding don’t detail everything out, paint broad strokes when you start, that way you can let it grow naturally.”
Miranda Martin Bestselling Science Fiction Author
“Read more than you write.”
NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Scarlett Dawn
“I love to take two ordinary ideas to create something extraordinary. For example: Pandora’s box + blame men = Lords of the Underworld. I use this method with characters too. If a power or weapon has a positive, it also has to have a negative. For example: possessed by a demon that makes the warrior stronger…but also comes with a specific curse, like pain for telling the truth because he is possessed by lies.” NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Scarlett Dawn
“I love to take two ordinary ideas to create something extraordinary. For example: Pandora’s box + blame men = Lords of the Underworld. I use this method with characters too. If a power or weapon has a positive, it also has to have a negative. For example: possessed by a demon that makes the warrior stronger…but also comes with a specific curse, like pain for telling the truth because he is possessed by lies.” NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Gena Showalter
Free Workbook: Delve deeper into world-building with NYT Bestseller Celia Kyle of Every author of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal books struggles with worldbuilding and keeping track of all those little quirks about their worlds. Never lose track of those nit-picky details again with this 22 PAGE worldbuilding workbook. FREE at the time of this workshop: Read, Write, Hustle. LEARN MORE HERE!
Book: 5,000 WRITING PROMPTS: A Master List of Plot Ideas, Creative Exercises, and More by This “excellent resource” recommendation comes from the fabulous award-winning author Bryn Donovan Leigh Duncan. Buy the book: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Nook | Kobo | Apple Books
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Book: Elements of Fiction Writing – Scene & Structure by Highly recommended by NYT, USAT, and WSJ bestselling author, Jack Bickham Jana Deleon.Buy the book: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Nook | Kobo | Apple Books