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The Epic

Being, at the moment, too distracted by some health issues to tackle any creative work of my own, I thought to fill the idle hours (which is most of them) by reading Tad Williams’s massive series called Memory, Sorrow, and … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Info-Dump

The opening pages of novels written in the 19th century and before were often quite leisurely. The village where the action takes place might be introduced. The life history of the lead character’s grandfather might be briefly described. This kind … Continue reading

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From the Ground Up

For any type of fiction that’s not based in our own world in the present day, world-building is both essential and deeply challenging. If you’re writing historical fiction based in our own world you can rely to a great extent … Continue reading

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Superstructure

If you’re writing fantasy, and especially fantasy novels, you’ll want to devote some serious attention to world-building. If you google “fantasy novel world-building,” as I did this evening, you’ll find any number of blog posts that will offer suggestions. Some … Continue reading

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

In fantasy fiction, that things happen that could not happen in the real world. That’s the essence of fantasy, and it’s obvious. There could be dragons, ghosts, zombies, unicorns, you name it. What’s perhaps less obvious is that in fantasy, … Continue reading

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Construction Projects

If your novel is not set on Earth, you need to devote some effort to world-building. Probably a lot of effort. The stock world of fantasy is, of course, Medieval Europe, but these days stories that use that setting feel … Continue reading

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The Stuff of Legend

World-building is not easy, but when you get down to brass tacks, world-building in fantasy and science fiction looks like this: If you’re writing fantasy, some stuff happens that could never really happen. If you’re writing science fiction, some stuff … Continue reading

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How Much Fantasy?

Science fiction authors tend to try to get the science right — or at least, we’d like to hope they will. There are many exceptions. We know a lot more about physics and biology today than was known even 50 … Continue reading

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Today We Have Naming of Parts

I’m trying a new author, Sam Hawke. Her City of Lies is pretty good so far, and after 145 pages (of 550) I plan to keep reading. But already I’ve spotted a few elements that just don’t quite fit together. … Continue reading

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What’s It All About, Elfie?

A few months ago, at the used bookstore, I picked up a near-mint copy of Dennis L. McKiernan’s 550-page paperback The Dragonstone. This afternoon I had two hours to kill while the piano technician was making repairs on the grand … Continue reading

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