A straight-forward and often witty guide to building your storyworld, regardless of genre.
As an author of magical realism and urban fantasy, I don't have as much story-building to do for my Belgrave Legacy trilogy (at least not in the traditional sense like Tolkien and Rowling), but I still adored this book!
Most writing books say that setting is a character in its own right and proceed to talk about describing the weather or a room, but this book takes it so much further—without seeming longwinded or boring.
I recommend this book for all authors!
About the Book
Title: Storyworld First
Author: Jill Williamson
Publisher: Novel Teen Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2014
The question I hear most about building a fantasy storyworld is: "Where do I start?"
Oz, Wonderland, Narnia, the 100 Acre Wood, Neverland, Hogwarts, the United Federation of Planets, Westeros, Middle Earth, Alagaesia, Terabithia, Gotham City, Jurassic Park, Fablehaven, and a galaxy far, far away.
These fictional places have become real in the minds and hearts or readers. These storyworlds that someone invented-someone who was once like you, learning to tell stories, learning to write, and dreaming about publishing a novel.
Whether you're starting from scratch or are looking to add depth to a finished story, Storyworld First will get you thinking.
Includes tips for worldbuilding: Astronomy, Magic, Government, Map Making, History, Religion, Technology, Languages, Culture, and how it all works together.
About the Author
Jill Williamson is an author of all things weird. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity, an outhouse, and a lot of mosquitoes. Her Blood of Kings trilogy won two Christy Awards, and she recently finished the Rebels, book three in a dystopian teen trilogy from Zondervan/Blink Books. She loves teaching and encouraging writers and blogs weekly at www.GoTeenWriters.com. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer. Find her online at www.JillWilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.
I'm a self-published author (because being a college student wasn't hard enough!) and spend most of my time doing homework. I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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