Worldbuilding: Cultural Values

Worldbuilding: Cultural Values

What separates one culture from another. It’s more than clothes and language, though those are important for making them look and feel distinct from one another. No, what makes two cultures unique are cultural values. These are the traits that, as a society, are...
When to Start Worldbuilding

When to Start Worldbuilding

One question that an aspiring worldbuilder is going to ask is when to start. Can you build a world without knowing anything about the story you’re going to tell in it? Do you need any characters before you build a world for them to inhabit? Actually, you have...
How to Write Ensemble Scenes

How to Write Ensemble Scenes

Writing a scene with one character is simple. Two isn’t much harder, and introduces the possibility of conversation. Even three characters in a single scene leaves room for everyone to breathe. But what do you do when the number gets higher? How do you keep a...
Writing Prompts 3

Writing Prompts 3

Looking to write but can’t think what to write about? Here are five more writing prompts to give you an idea to build around. 1 – Aliens have made contact, but they need to form a symbiotic bond to communicate. 2 – Two paths diverge in a wood. A...
4 Tips to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

4 Tips to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

November 1 kicks off the annual writing extravaganza known as National Novel Writing Month (or more commonly, NaNoWriMo). With a goal of 50,000 words toward a new novel and 30 days to get it done, many writers are clearing their social calendars, stocking up on...
The 3 Writing Rules I Break All the Time

The 3 Writing Rules I Break All the Time

You hear the advice everywhere. It gets pronounced from high upon soap boxes, repeated as gospel, and heeded often without thinking. It makes for a pithy reply to the question “how do I…?” and absolves the responder from delving into the heart of...