Your Hosts: Dan, Mary Robinette, and Howard, with Patrick Rothfuss
Pat joins us for a discussion of worldbuilding, in which we field a couple of challenging questions from readers. Here are the questions!
- How do you create timeless urban fantasy?
- How do you create a compelling secondary world fantasy without leaning on a complex magic system?
We ran a bit long with this one, but we have no regrets. Because compelling. And maybe timeless.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Just change one thing, and then follow the permutations.
Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mahtab
Mahtab Narsimhan joins us this year for a dozen episodes on worldbuilding, and this week we’re talking about geography and biomes. These pieces of our settings can be central to the stories we tell, but they can also be backdrops, and the story purposes they serve may determine which tools we use to describe them.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Describe a landscape using four senses that are not sight
Three days late for the beginning of NaNoWriMo 2016, here’s a bonus episode about maps. Because nothing says “keep writing” like “hey, let’s draw a map now!”
Dan and Howard were joined by Maurice Broaddus, Mur Lafferty, and James L. Sutter, who wanted to talk about maps. As Napoleon Bonaparte is rumored to have said prior to invading Russia, “geography is destiny.” We talk port dwarves, rolling glaciers, star systems, and more.
Credits: This episode was mastered by Alex Jackson, and was made possible by the generous support of the GenCon Indy Writer’s Symposium, and the Writing Excuses patrons at Patreon.
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Take one big idea from each of two of your favorite books, and mash them up for something new.