Mason Sands

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How To Design A Town The Fantastic Maps Way

Jonathan Roberts of Fantastic Maps has published a fantastic quick tutorial that teaches you how to design a town. I’ve been a fan of Jonathan’s work …

How To Generate Random Terrain

You’ve asked for a more detailed tutorial on how to create a map. So here we go. This is the first part in a number of tutorials that will show you …

World Building Articles

This weeks article is a collection of world building articles from other authors. I’ve been reading (or watching) these articles during the past …

One King To Rule Them All « Fantasy-Faction

Founding Fathers Or Mothers<p>Hope you have been practicing your John Hancocks, because you are about to become a founding father or mother. I am …

Build a World in Five Weeks | Notes From the Lizard Lair

The planet Casca, part of the logo for the World Building Academy<p>I have a particular method of world building that I’m about to start teaching. …

World Building Tip Worksheet: Illness and Disease

List subscribers receive world-building tips on a regular basis. From time to time I’ll develop a worksheet to help apply something that has been …

Make Politics Interesting in Your Fictional World

Rotten Boroughs: “How to get made an MP” – Heath cartoon, 1830<p>“Politics.” Say the word and you’ll get an instant reaction from people. If you’re …

How to Build a Better Power Struggle: Forget Good Versus Evil | Notes From the Lizard Lair

Good vs Evil by monoguru @ deviantart.com<p>“Good versus evil” can be (and is) the formula for much well-regarded fiction. It is also the perfect …

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On Writing Fiction | Writing Believable Fictional Worlds

<b>World Building Academy Presents:</b><p>How to Beat the #1 Killer of Believability in Fictional Worlds<p><b>When:</b> Available now. This is a recording of a live …

Creative Writing

Using the Dark Ages as a Fictional Setting - Part 1

I was recently reading some novels set in the Dark Ages in Saxon Britain (more about those below). This era just predates the more popular Middle …

Using the Dark Ages as a Fictional Setting - Part 2

Charlemagne, greatest king of the Dark Ages (742-813)<p>In Part 1 of this series, I outlined some of the factors that mark an era as being a Dark Age. …

The Evolution of Musical Instruments for Fictional Worlds

Someone just asked me how to create unique musical instruments in his world where he has altered some of the rules of physics. I can’t give a …

Adding Tectonic Plates To Your World Map

Tectonic Plates are sections of a planet’s lithosphere (the crust and mantle of a planet) that your world continent will then sit upon. They are what …

Landscaping Your World Map

Continuing on from last week’s tutorial on Tectonic plates we’re looking at how the plates affect the landscape of your world and so the environment …

How To Weather The Storm Of Prevailing Winds and Oceanic Currents

The worlds weather is driven by both the Earth’s rotation and the seasonal variation in solar energy that each hemisphere absorbs. However patterns …

Finishing Your Map Off With Typography and a Border

Step 1: Typography<p>Typography is the art of making text look pretty on your map. For this part of the tutorial you will need to make sure the …

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Author's Guide To Drawing Maps - A free, easy guide

Why Do I Need A Map?<p>Maps provide a solid, visual way to show people your world.<p>In the quick glance of a map your readers will have taken in more of …

The World Building School Daily

Cairen: Customise Your Own Map (premium)

Storyworld Tip: The Magic of Rituals

<i>Posted on May 14, 2013</i> By darrell<p>Could you help me out for a second? Stand right here, in the middle of the circle. Great. Now, hold this goat skull …

Worldbuilding By Map

<i>This article was originally written for people building their own worlds for novel writing, but the process is useful for anyone who wants to create</i> …

Cartography & Maps on GraphicRiver

This collection is empty<p>The owner of this collection hasn't added any items in there yet.<br>See the owner's portfolio or browse the other public …

Top 10 Video Game Worlds

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Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding NEW!<p>In this course, The New York Times best-selling author and veteran editor Philip Athans, gets into some seriously detailed …

Characters and Worldbuilding: Analyzing the Strength of Japanese Games

From April 2010 to May 2011, I had the opportunity to study manga (Japanese comics) and video game design at one of Japan's leading art schools, …

Seriously, What Were You Thinking?

It began with a song.<p>The first time I really remember my imagination unlocking to a deeper level, carrying me away to a new world inside of me, was …

Brave new worlds

<b>So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.</b><p>— <i></i>Alfred Lord Tennyson<p>Worldbuilding is my absolute favourite aspect of writing a …

Writing Your First Novel

Do you see yourself as a writer – a novel writer destined to become the next John Grisham or Stephanie Meyer? Maybe Lee Child or the up and coming …