5 Ways to Use Fear in Your World-Building

Fear is a powerful tool to use in all parts of your speculative fiction story, including the world-building. Injecting some fearful elements into your science fiction or fantasy world increases tension, conflict, and ensures your world-building integrates perfectly with your plot. Here are five ways to use fear in your world-building! Note: When creating societies, … More 5 Ways to Use Fear in Your World-Building

3 Reasons to Add A Little Love to Your Story (and World-Building)

All right, I’m still going forward with the Fundamentals of Fiction: Inside Out, but my world-building side has been itching to make a comeback, so why not do both? I gotta admit, in my other life as a fiction writer, love is a must in my stories. Even if it’s not the focal point, romantic … More 3 Reasons to Add A Little Love to Your Story (and World-Building)

6 Fundamental Questions to Refine First Draft World-Building

You’ve now finished your first draft–or you’re getting pretty close to it! Or maybe you’re right in the middle, deep in the trenches, excited that you finished NaNoWriMo or hit your personal deadlines, but with no idea that after fifty thousand words the novel would just. Keep. GOING. WHEN WILL IT EVER BE DONE? In any … More 6 Fundamental Questions to Refine First Draft World-Building