Five Worldbuilding Tips

FlorenceWriting a good science fiction or fantasy book requires a good setting. This is setting is usually made up – or partially made up, as in urban fantasy. Worldbuilding is the process of creating such a setting. I’ve created several imaginary worlds and learned a lot while doing so. Here are five tips for people sitting down to create their own world.

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Picking apart Faramir in the Two Towers movie

FaramirDid you see Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers in a theater when it came out nearly fifteen years ago?  I did. When I first saw it, I found the character Faramir poorly done. Then the extended edition came out, and changed all that.

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Dystopias versus Utopias in Writing

dystopiaWe’ve heard a lot about the world going down the tubes these past few weeks. Since I don’t have much to add to that debate – except my support for minorities and general leftist attitude – I thought I’d look at something related but different: utopias and dystopias in writing.

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