How do authors create an imaginary world from scratch? This weekend, I’ll offer writers some world-building tips at MileHiCon in Denver.
Can’t make it to the convention? No worries. Here are the answers to eleven of your burning world-building questions.
MileHiCon: How do authors go about building a world?
Don’t “zap” your story with world-building mistakes!
Laurence MacNaughton: Personally, I immerse myself in the strangest real-world research I can possibly find.
My novel The Spider Thief sprang from a real-life case of amnesia, a real lost city in the Amazon, a frighteningly real tarantula migration, and a scientific mystery about a real-life toxin that can steal your memories.
Truth is, of course, stranger than fiction. So the most interesting place to start a story is with the truth.
MHC: What are some mistakes other authors have made, and how do you avoid them?
Ever wanted to know how a science fiction or fantasy author builds an imaginary world?
How do authors create strange new worlds? Find out!
Authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephanie Meyer, J.K. Rowling, Frank Herbert, William Gibson and scores of others are renowned for the worlds they’ve created.
What makes them so intriguing?
I’ve been invited to join a handful of other authors at MileHiCon here in Denver this month to talk about the reasons why (and how to do it).
What Is World Building?
Last Christmas, my trouble-making brother got me hooked on the new Pathfinder fantasy card game. (The best part: it’s cooperative. You and your friends work together to try to beat the deck. Plus, you can play the same character every game, gaining greater powers over the course of a long ongoing story arc. Really neat.)
I made this – and now I can take my Pathfinder Adventure Card Game to Starbucks with ease!
We play at Starbucks, and since the original cardboard box takes up way too much space on the table, I had to improvise. Originally, I packed the starter deck in a plastic recipe box and threw it in my backpack, so we could bike to the game.
100% fun. So what’s the problem?
The Game Keeps Growing
What? I can’t hear you. WHAT?
I know so many writers who claim that they need absolute silence in order to write. I used to be one of them.
As I write this, we’re having a hardwood floor refinished in the room directly above my office.
If you’ve never had a floor redone, I envy you. You probably still have your hearing.
It turns out that old hardwood boards are incredibly acoustic. And if you grind on them with two-ton industrial vacuum-equipped sanders, you get what is quite possibly one of the loudest sounds in the known universe.
It’s a noise so painfully loud, you can plug your ears and shout to the person next to you, and they don’t even know you’re there. A 747 could land on my front lawn, and I wouldn’t know.
Right now, there are probably people at NASA scratching their heads over the cosmic feedback spewing from these machines.
Now in paperback! The Spider Thief: Omnibus collects all four novellas into one gripping novel.
“The gold spider,” Andres said in a resonant Spanish accent. “Her power will belong to me.”
The crisp mountain air washed over Ash like a torrent of cold water. It whispered across waves of tan grass, carrying the scent of old pines, making him feel alive again.
The porch boards creaked as the gunmen crowded in on either side of Ash. Behind, Andres’s leather shoes stepped onto the wooden threshold of the abandoned farmhouse. Then everything went quiet.
“Show me,” Andres said, his voice husky. “The gold spider. Where is she?”
Scary. Freakin’. Fish. That is all. Move along.
Some names stick with us.
Bridget Jones, Holden Caulfield, Nero Wolfe — these names are all indelibly stamped into our literary consciousness.
Those names are evocative. Memorable. Unique.
Some writers are incredibly good at coming up with names.
I am not one of them.
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When I first heard about Booktrack.com from my literary agent, Kristin Nelson, I was fairly skeptical of the idea. Ebooks with music and sound effects, really?
But then I tried the Booktrack of the short story Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft. I’ll be honest—I was blown away. Hearing the waves lap against the side of the castaway’s lifeboat, hearing his footsteps trudging through the sand, listening to the ominous music building to a crescendo as he explored the ancient ruins …
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The Spider Thief: Omnibus collects all four of the original novellas into one non-stop novel: Stolen Memory, Haunted Dreams, Cold Million, and Ghost City, all in one — and all free.
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