Tuesday, August 10 2021

Quote of the Day

They both court dysfunction like it is the cutest debutante at the ball.

Kaylen, friend of awesome

I looked it up twice

How the Climate Crisis Will Force A Massive American Migration

Therefore in the blog it shall be.

Quel surprise.

It’s Grim: The latest UN report is clear: Climate change is here, it’s a crisis, and it’s caused by fossil fuels

I mean….yeah?

And it’s really bad. Also….yeah?

It’s exhausting how inactioning we are actioning about this.

Worldbuilding: A Primer

I’m attempting to build a cohesive set of ideas around worldbuilding, ideas that can then be distilled into questions that I can make a worksheet out of. While I understand that there are as many ways to approach stories as there are people, I’m finding it very helpful to stick to one approach while I better learn my storytelling craft of how all these elements fit together. I have worksheets and a solid set of interlinking ideas around plot and character, so now it’s time to work worldbuilding in there. Here are the references that seem to be speaking to me the most right now:

Lecture #6: Worldbuilding Part Two — Brandon Sanderson on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy. I like this for Brandon’s realistic approach. I have no desire to think out every last piece of my worlds, and that’s why I find most worldbuilding worksheets useless. I want to focus on the pieces of the setting that help me tell my story. Figuring out the powers of every last god in a made-up religion or how clothes get made in my world is not going to be relevant for every single story.

Fonda Lee on Twitter: The most powerful tool in worldbuilding is POV. This is such excellent advice that I really want to be aware of when worldbuilding. Now to make it into questions that make me think about it.

From The Inside Out: Worldbuilding Through Extrapolation. This is also a method that starts small and doesn’t focus on figuring everything out–just what’s relevant to the story.

The Ultimate Guide To World­Building: How To Write Fantasy, Sci­Fi And Real­Life Worlds. I really like this one because it differentiates between building a world completely from scratch and an alternate reality world, where some real-world things inform your setting. I’m finding a lot of guides are for completely from scratch, and for the novel I’m working on now, that’s not what I’m doing.

N.K. Jemisin’s Worldbuilding 101. If I need to go further down the rabbit hole than the simpler approaches suggested by the other resources, this is the guide to do that without going completely overboard.

Teaching Talk, Models, Pyramids & C.S Lewis…. This is a blog post about teaching, but the last bit is about the model of the Cultural Iceberg by Edward T. Hall. It’s a completely brilliant way of breaking down the individual parts of how culture is expressed and a great resource for how to show all that worldbuilding. So much so that I’m popping the graphic in here.

For More Inclusive Writing, Look to How Writing Is Taught. I am SO EXCITED to read this book, as it bashes traditional workshops, which I loathe, and explains exactly why I loathe them. And suggests ways to do it better! And re-defines all the elements of story?! Seriously, I need this book.

I haven’t read it yet and already I want to try running a workshop based on Matthew Salesses’s recommendations. That should go in the Another Idea For Another Day pile.