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How Fiction Can Boost Your Mental Health

Can fiction really help with mental health? It’s been a long time since I last wrote anything on here and a lot has happened in a year or so. I won’t bore anyone with the details but my life turned a bit upside down and blogging took a seat way at the back in my mind....

Building History in a Fantasy World

If you want a rich world you have to think of everything. One key thing you should be building is the history of your world. Unless you plan on starting your story right at the beginning of time, you will need to establish your history and key events that have led to...

Creating a Magic System in Your World

The Suspension of Disbelief Magic is generally what attracts people to fantasy from a young age. I know it did for me. However, it is also something that puts people off fantasy. Some people think ‘oh well anything can happen in fantasy’ and they...

Shaping Religion in Fantasy Worlds

Religion is fascinating, whether you’re religious yourself or not. It influences everything it touches and can have an impact on history, culture, diet, clothing choices, foreign relations, scientific advances, medicine…and so on. In it’s most basic...

Transportation in a Fantasy World

Travel on a Global Scale Okay so this ties in a bit with the trade and natural resources post I wrote a while back. If you want your world to be vast, then you need to take trade and transport into consideration. I found this website recently which I have found very...

Measuring Time in a Fantasy World

How do we measure time? This was something that hadn’t occurred to me when I set out to build a world. It was from reading another blog on world building that I suddenly realised that time might be different here on my world. With this there is quite a lot of...

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...