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Archive for Tag: world building

Portals and Other Mysterious Escape Hatches

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

by Rebekah Ganiere Hi Everyone! Welcome to another of my posts on the FF&P blog.  I love this month’s theme. When I first thought about this theme I thought, Wow, those aren’t done much. But then I realized they have been done forever. Mostly because some of my most favorite classic stories have Portals and [Read more…]

The Crucible of Creation by Jennifer Carole Lewis

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 by   1 Comment | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Building a custom world where gods and monsters roam can be both exhilarating and inspiring. It’s thrilling to let all the everyday rules fall to the wayside and entertain all kinds of possibilities. But playing God means paying attention to the details, lest they trip you up as an author and drive your readers to [Read more…]


Posted on Oct 12, 2015 by   6 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

by Rebecca Zanetti As authors, sometimes we’re so organized we miss the boat.  We might have our worlds all prepared, and all of our characters developed, but we forget that the world impacts the characters, and more importantly, the way the characters see the world around them reveals not only the world but more about [Read more…]

Your Stories Need More Trees! by Shauna Roberts

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 by   16 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized · Writing

Can you tell an oak from a maple? Can you recognize the scent of cedar? Our great-grandparents would have answered “of course.” Today, though, many Americans are detached from the natural world; this alienation permeates some novels. This post focuses on the bond between humans and trees. I hope readers, when worldbuilding, will remember that [Read more…]

Are You A Worldbuilding Wizard or Wimp?

Posted on May 8, 2014 by   5 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized · Writing

By Gemma Juliana Worldbuilding is a fascinating topic, and especially of interest to those who write in the fantasy, futuristic and paranormal genres. I did some research on building a world when I wrote a series set in a fictitious series of kingdoms, and thought I’d share some of what I learned with you here. [Read more…]

Sci Fi Romance, Write Now! by Cathryn Cade

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 by   8 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

The market for sci fi romance is wide open, and here’s why you should join me in writing it. Let me just start out by saying that I don’t think of myself as a sci fi fan. I was force-fed Heinlein and Bradbury in high school and while they are truly outstanding writers, I was [Read more…]

Hung Up on the Small Stuff

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 by   2 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

by  Monette Michaels   Have you ever started writing a book and then couldn’t move forward because you got stuck on details in your world?  This isn’t a sagging middles problem or hitting a wall issue since both of those tend to be something wrong with your plot. This is more of a world-building-creating-stasis type [Read more…]

Shocking your World to Life by JC Hay

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 by   4 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

You’ve seen the arguments on-line, so I won’t bother going into the details. Certain entities have accused writers of science fiction romance (SFR) of being light on the science, to the point of leveling the term space opera (as though that were some kind of insult). Despite my pride at being lumped in alongside such [Read more…]

World Building for Earth Day: Bottom up World Building

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 by   6 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Our relationship to Earth determines what we eat, what we wear, how we live, even the shape of our bodies, in short everything about us. As writers we can focus on portraying human relationships and hope the setting will take care of itself, big mistake. To maintain plausibility every component of the story should have [Read more…]

Spaceships are the cell phones of tomorrow by Erica Hayes

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Do you know precisely how your cell phone works? Probably not – because you don’t need to. It just works. The same applies when you’re writing futuristic tech: it’s just the stuff your characters use every day. Whether it’s a spaceship, a light saber or a pair of telepathic wave-generator goggles (see? I just made [Read more…]