Logistics of Other-Worldly Species

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treacherousgodswrites asked:

For my fantasy world I thought it would be kind of cool if my humans live in the night instead of during the day. But now I’m facing several problems and I’m not really sure how to solve them. Firstly, during nighttime, it is colder, thus, from a cultural standpoint, if I had an Maasai equivalent then they wouldn’t develop that way since it’s not so warm that they’d need their light clothing. Same for, let’s say, Persians.

Their distinct weapons, culture and clothing is a result of the climate, among other things. It would be, in my opinion, weird to say they have light clothing because of the heat when it is barely 20°C during the night. Similarly, I worry about the skin tone aspect, since there’d be no need for dark skin to protect oneself from the sun, but I’m aiming for diversity since I’m working on a whole world. The one solution I thought about was make the day even hotter so the night is warmer. 

So during the day you’d have, maybe, 50°C and during the night 30°C to be true-er to the climate of the real world equivalents. Or, I stop thinking in equivalents and accept the cooler temperatures, but then lots of elements would be lost, for example desert tribes or the “Persians’ ” light clothing as opposed to the “Norses’ ” heavier armour. Do you have any ideas? I could explain most with magic, since the world was created, but, you know, saying “it’s magic” is a comfortable, easy excuse. 

Writing Prophecies

Using prophecies in fantasy without making eyes roll

Good ol’ stand-bys, ubiquitous fantasy tropes, are difficult to avoid. And sometimes we don’t want to avoid them. Goddammit, sometimes you just need a good, solid prophecy to write the story your want to write.

“It’s not my fault all these other people before me have written prophecies, too!” you say.

And you’d be right. Unfortunately, they did. So us modern-day writers have to live with the it. So what do you do when you want or need to use a well-worn trope?

Know the trope. Make it your own.

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Creating Fictional Currency

Foundation of currency and its use

Money! My fictional world needs money!


No worries. If you’re writing a fictional country, nation, kingdom, or alliance that uses currency, then chances are you’re going to need to make one up. All you or your fictional country need to start a currency are three basic things:

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Controlling Biomes on your Planet

Anonymous asked:

Is it possible to have a planet without a certain kind of environment? Like a world without tundra or deserts?

In a word: Absolutely!

In many, many more words (and a picture):

You have several options here. The first and most obvious one is simply this: Do whatever the hell you want. If you want your world to have never seen snow, then go for it! No rainforests? Be my guest!

But since you’re asking about possibilities, I’m assuming you want something more scientific than that. And I’m always happy to oblige.

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So your fictional world needs its own language, huh?

I guess your first question should be: How much of a language do you need?

There are several levels of fictional language that you can utilize for your world. It really just depends on a.) how/how much you’ll use it b.) how important it is to the setting and story and c.) how much work you as a writer want to put into your world that most likely won’t make it into your novels.

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Creating Deities

yennlism asked:

Hi there, first off I love your blog!! Second, I have a question. I’m working on a fantasy story, where the zodiac signs and their elements (earth, fire, water, air) are connected. Like born in May, you get the element of Earth and control it. But I wanna add gods to each element. What is the best way to do so? Also I’m not sure how to make them part of my world and the daily life of my characters..

Hello there!

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Brainstorming Series: War & Conflict

Deepening Social and Political Conflict in your Fiction

In many speculative fiction works, war or civil unrest is common. Sometimes a given. And yet so often, these grand, world-shattering wars are shallow when looked at straight-on. If you think about the history of the conflict or the spark that sent the nations to war, you can come up kind of dry. A lot of readers are tired of “WAR” being the default backdrop of a story, especially when it’s used as a prop rather than handled with the care it should be.

So how do you make sure that your social and political conflicts don’t just provide a canvas to your story, but help deepen and strengthen the world and the characters therein? Simple! Just do a little thinking!

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Brainstorming Series: Politics & Government

Establishing your fictional government

If you have a society of any kind within your story, chances are there is some form of government. It might be a relatively new group of rebels trying to settle a home, or it might be a millennia-old empire.

Now, if you’re like me, grasping the formation and nuances of politics is really hard. I’m pretty sure I slept through most of my polisci classes in college and I definitely barely scraped by with a C. Unfortunately, even those of us who are polisci-indifferent often have to consider the impact of government within the stories we write.

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