Fantastic post on world-building from author Diana Peach. Watch this blog post for more articles on the subject from Diana, and don’t forget to check out her amazing books!! THE SORCERER’S GARDEN is remarkable!! ~ Jenny
As a fantasy/science-fiction writer, I’ve stacked up a bit of experience with world-building that I’ve wanted to share, and The Story-Reading Ape’s blog is the perfect venue.
Now don’t run away if you don’t write speculative fiction. Clearly, world-building is a key part of bringing fantasy and science-fiction stories to life, but it plays a role in all fiction, and in some non-fiction as well.
Setting as Character
Most of us probably agree that the physical places within our stories need to feel authentic. But if we create them as mere backdrops to the action, we’re missing an opportunity to enrich our readers’ experiences. In great fiction, setting plays a role in the story. It’s changeable, a help, a hindrance, a metaphor, a mood, possibly even a character in the drama.
Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson is a proponent of the idea of setting-as-character and builds a “character profile” of the…
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