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How Resources Affect Culture in Worldbuilding

Natural Resources and Trade For some, natural materials and trade routes might be boring. Hear me out! You don’t have to go into detail but it can’t hurt if you want to build a rich world. If you have a large world with different countries and customs,...

How NOT to Draw a Fantasy World

This post will use my own humble efforts to demonstrate how you shouldn’t draw your world. I wanted a big world with lots of different countries, cultures and therefore conflict. I drew my first map on Paint.Net because I’m too hardcore for Paint. I just...

Story Bibles: Why You Should Make One Right Now

A story bible is a resource that you create that contains all the information you need to write your novel. It should contain all your facts and figures, names, places, notes so that you can refer to them when writing the story. With fantasy or science fiction, you...

Why History is Important for Worldbuilders

This is what it’s all based on.What else can we base our stories on, whatever the genre? Imagination is always influenced by observing the world around us whether we like it or not. If I wrote a story about people flying, it would be partly because I wanted...

The Heart of Fantasy Fiction

One criticism of the fantasy genre I’ve heard many times is that anything can happen, it’s random, made-up and childish. People can’t wrap their head around the fact that people like a story where there are sometimes random dragons and magic. To them...