Friday, April 18, 2014

P: A to Z Blogging Challenge


Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.
Can any of us escape politics? Even small towns and villages have their share of politics. Teenage cliques have their share of politics. How will you address them in your story? Will there be people who have the actual job of being a politician as in our societies? How will politicians come into power? Will there be warring factions? How much power will the politicians have over the military and citizens?

Are your characters goings to live in a large city? What will population centers be like? Thirty families in a village? A few million in a city? Thousands settled on a distant planet or a few hundred flying together in a spaceship or riding a wagon train to a new land? Will your world have many population centers or one large city among many smaller settlements?

Do you like city or rural settings? Do you see politics are work in your story setting? Sick of politics at work? Does today's world give us all a tendency to make politicians a bit slimy?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

O: A to Z Blogging Challenge


Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.
Omens can be useful when your world involves magic or superstition. Animals, celestial events or even the weather might foretell impending disasters or fortune. Will you invent omens or use something that occurs in reality such as eclipses or comets? In setting up the history of your story, you can lay the groundwork for the appearance of an omen.

Will sexual orientation be addressed in your book or will you ignore its existence? Will it be an issue or will all choices be accepted?

Ever see something in nature you took as a sign or omen? How long until the day when sexual orientation isn't thought about as an issue, it just is?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N: A to Z Blogging Challenge


Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.
Many worlds, medieval, created or historical, there are different classes of people. From kings down the socio-economic lines to peasants. The nobility uses rank to justify their positions and wealth. How will you use it? Will there be lords and ladies? Dukes and knights? Will you have a world where the privileged classes have an invented title of nobility?

In the modern world and probably every grouping of humans, some degree of nepotism is in evidence. It might be about handing out favorable jobs or passing along seats of power. Family looks out for family. Will that happen on your world? Will it be an accepted practice or a point of conflict.

A daily newspaper? How will news travel on your world? By word of mouth, a town crier or some high tech instantaneous technology? Could one of your characters being highly regarded because he carries letters and news from settlement to settlement? Could government control of news work into your plot?

Do you enjoy novels set among the nobility? See any nepotism happening around you? Think the government is manipulating the news?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M: A to Z Blogging Challenge


Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.
Magic! Usually when people think of world building they think of fantasy realms and those usually include magic. How will the magic work? How does one get magic? Born to it? Learn it? What powers the magic? Something internal or external? Is magic used for good or evil? What are the limitations? Are there magical creatures or races?

What kind of money is used in your world? Gold, silver, gems, paper money? Some kind of techno source of credit? No money but bartering? How is the wealth distributed? Where do people keep their money? Banks? Beneath their mattresses?

Who is in the military? Does everyone have to serve, men and women, rich and poor? What kind of weapons do they have? Do they travel by foot, on horseback, in tanks or jets? Are there a million people in the military or a hundred? How does one become an officer?

Do your characters ever walk a country mile? What measurements will you use? Inches, feet, meters? How far is it from one town to the next? Will you measure it in miles or days of travel? Will it be easier to stay with measurements known to your readers instead of making them up?

Any cool ideas on how magic might work in your story? Will you have the military appear in your story? Do you know you're half way through A to Z?

Monday, April 14, 2014

L: A to Z Blogging Challenge


Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.
Are you going to follow JRR Tolkien and make up you own language? Will people in your story speak different languages? Will you just ignore the language issue? Or will you make up just a few words, used in magical spells? Perhaps you'll make up words for a new technology. Perhaps you'll incorporate some foreign words into your story.

Will there be laws in your world? Who makes the laws? Are they fair? Who enforces the laws and makes judgments? What are the punishments? Banishment? Death? Loss of limb? Loss of assets? Are the laws connected to religion or magic? Besides man made laws are the laws of nature the same? Probably not if magic exists in your world. More about Magic in tomorrow's post.

Ever thought of creating your own language? Have you discovered how fun it is to make up all the laws and their punishments?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

K: A to Z Blogging Challenge


Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.
Relatives often provide all the drama needed for a great story plot. Kinship can be complicated in many ways. A great example is the TV show Once Upon a Time where it seems like a family connection is revealed every week. And many of the family members are life long enemies. Devising a family tree to keep track of familial relationships from generations ago can help build your world's history and expose opportunities for story complexities.

Have you read a book with unique family connections? Do you like books with family-enemies, frenemies, at the center of the conflict? Know some fictional families that would have really terrible family gatherings?

Friday, April 11, 2014

J: A to Z Blogging Challenge


Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.
Do your characters wear any jewelry? Is it a sign of wealth, a magical tool, a keepsake of a lost loved one? Is it made of precious metals and filled with rare gemstones? Are you going to invent gems and precious metals?

Are your characters going to use words that have meaning to them or their contemporaries? Is there a special jargon that will give your characters a unique voice? Will different species or regional groups use identifying jargon to distinguish them from others?

Have you read a book where jewelry or gemstones were used as magical focus or storage props? Have you read books where the unique jargon stuck with you or perhaps even frustrated you? Are you keeping up with A to Z?