World Building: Deciding the Type of World

There are tons of blog posts out there that talk about world building. There are entire books that discuss the different aspects put into creating your own fictional world and all the intricacies of it.
So naturally, because it’s been done so many time before, I decided to add to the madness and give you my thoughts on world building in this new series of posts.

World Building is still a process I’m figuring out for myself so I thought through these posts I could share with you what I’ve learning about the different elements of creating your own fictional universe.

The first and most basic step is deciding on what type of world you’re going to have.

Is it a dystopian world? Utopian? Conformist or evolutionary? Medieval or fantasy?

This is the most basic thing you need to determine because the type of world you’re creating will literally affect every single thing you write and decide for your story.

If you’ve got a dystopian society, the world you create isn’t going to be bright and colourful. It won’t be full of rainbows and people won’t be skipping down the streets. It’ll be dark and gritty and you’ll use a thesaurus to find every variation of the words “dark” and “gritty” to describe the setting.

On the flip side, if the world you create is a utopia then there probably will be rainbows and skipping involved. Your characters will probably be happy with their lives and things will seem good.

Now obviously neither of those descriptions are set in stone and there is always the possibility of a light at the end of the dystopian tunnel or of a dark underworld side in your utopia. But you get the general idea.

Choosing the type of world is just the first step in world building. It’s the first layer of a very elaborate cake. It’s the base for many different things that will happen in your story and happen to your characters.

The world you build does not have to fit exactly in to description box of the world you choose. But you can’t choose to have a totally normal story and then, five pages before the end, a dragon suddenly appears and eats everyone.

I mean, sure, that would be really cool, but it’s not really plausible when the rest of your story was set in a normal, average, every day town where, previous to those last five pages, there were no dragons.

And if you do choose to do that, you better have a really cool sequel lined up and ready to go.

Now, as I said before, this is only the first step. There are so many other aspects to world building that turn it from an idea into an actual thing. The people, the history, all the stuff that doesn’t necessarily make it into your book, but is still so important to your story.

In the coming months I will be talking about world building and the various things that go into it.

If there is anything you would like talked about or anything you would like to add let me know down below!

And let me know: is there a type of world you prefer writing over others? Do you prefer a fantasy universe? A dystopian world? The possibilities are endless and I want to know what you think!

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Back at it Again With the Blog Posts

Guess who’s back? Back again? Are you singing, cause I was as I typed that.

Have you ever briefly lost your motivation to work? And then as you get your motivation back, you become overwhelmed by how much you need to do. Then you lose your motivation again as a result of that overwhelming stress? Yup, that has been my life for about a year now.

I’ll keep my reasoning brief here. There was a lot going on in 2016 that made me lose all my motivation for writing.

I was working at a job I hated, then that place closed down, a new store opened up and I was helping to get the place ready so majority of my time was spent at work.

I’d come home and I was tired and the less writing I was doing, the more overwhelmed I was getting by how much there was to do.

I was putting out half attempts at blog posts and even worse fanfic chapters. I started getting some really negative reviews, especially on one of my stories. Not like, “hey, didn’t enjoy this chapter that much”. More along the lines of telling me I should quit writing and that I was terrible at it.

I try not to let it get to me. It’s part of the business right? Not everyone is going to like your work and that’s totally fine. But I was already feeling overwhelmed and stressed and all these things combined was really making me lose my love of writing.

So I decided to take a step back. I focused on work and myself and really figuring things out.

The place I work now is fantastic, best job I’ve ever had. I’m going back to school in a few weeks and I’m beyond excited. I didn’t think I’d ever go back to school, but I decided it was the best choice for my life and my future and I can’t wait.

And I started writing again. I’ve been rewriting the old chapters of my fanfics to a level I am much happier with. I also continued working on my novel and have been writing blog posts that I actually enjoy.

I found it was becoming too much about the numbers and what other people thought and less about what I liked and what I thought.

This time away has definitely been beneficial. I feel refreshed and excited to be back and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.

Thanks for sticking with me!

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Names of the Week

I spend a lot of time choosing names for my characters.

I can spend hours browsing different websites looking at the top names for different countries, searching up the meanings of less common names, and seeing what names people have invented.

As a result, I’m going to be posting four names along with some info about them every Friday! I tried this a couple years ago and really enjoyed it so I decided to continue and this year, each month has a theme surrounding the names.

For January, all the names chosen are of Italian Origin (or at least one of the origins of the name is Italian).

Now, without further ado, here are the first Names of the Week of 2018!

Clarissa

Female
Alternate Spelling: Clarisa; Clairissa
Nickname: Clara
Pronunciation: Clare-iss-ah
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Brilliant; Bright
Well-Known Clarissas: Clarissa Dalloway (Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf), Clarissa Harlowe (Clarissa; or, the History of a Young Lady, Samuel Richardson), Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray (The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare), Clarissa ‘Clara’ Harlowe Barton (Found of Red Cross), Clarissa Eshuis (New Zealand Field Hockey Player)
*Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (English Novelist)*

Emilio

Male
Pronunciation: em-ee-lee-o
Origin: Italy
Meaning: To Strive or Excel or Rival
Well-Known Emilios: Emilio Rivera (Actor), Emilio Estevez (Actor), Emilio Pucci (Designer)

Lorenzo

Male
Nickname: Enzo
Pronunciation: lore-en-zo
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Laurel
Well-Known Lorenzos: Lorenzo Belli (“Haunting Ground”), Lorenzo Brino (Actor), Lorenzo Botero (Colombian Photographer), Lorenzo Ferrero (Italian Composer), Lorenzo Costa (Italian Painter), Lorenzo James Henrie (Actor)

Salvatore

Male
Alternate Spelling: Salvator
Nickname: Sal
Pronunciation: sal-vah-tor
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Saviour
Well-Known Salvatores: Salvatore ‘Sal’ Paradise (On the Road, Jack Kerouac), Salvatore (The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco), Salvatore Cantori (The Orphan on Ellis Island, Elvira Woodruff), Salvatore ‘Sal’ Romano (Mad Men), Salvatore Quasimodo (Italian Poet)

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January 2018 Book Releases

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One thing I like doing is browsing the ‘upcoming releases’ for books and films. It gets me really excited to see the names of authors I love publishing books and see names I’ve never heard of coming out with something really interesting.

Here are some new book releases, from both favourite authors and new, that are coming out this month:


You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, Rachel Lynn Solomon

Twins who couldn’t be more different, Adina and Tovah are eighteen years old and on their own paths in life. One is going into music, the other into medicine; one turns to religion in tough times, the other delibertably goes against it.

The only theing they have in common is a test: to see if either of them have Huntingtons, a degenerative genetic disorder that has turned that mother into a shell. The twins are torn even farther apart when one tests positive and the other negative. Will they be able to salvage a relationship and have a future?

Release Date: January 2nd

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As You Wish, Chelsea Sedoti

In the small town of Madison, wishes come true. Every person gets a wish, but these wishes don’t always have the best results. Eldon has seen the results of these wishes and knows that everything doesn’t always work out. Despite the wishes coming true, Eldon realizes they might not be the solution or the way to find happiness.

Release Date: January 2nd

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Meet Cute, Various Authors

A series of short stories by today’s favourite young adult authors, each story tells of a first meeting. From meeting through the internet to meeting on the subway, each story has a different emotion to it, but is no less real.

Release Date: January 2nd

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Love, Hate, & Other Filters, Samira Ahmed

Maya Aziz is living in three worlds: the first is her parent’s world; the second is her own; the third is the real world. In one she is the perfect Indian daughter; in the second she is living her dreams and doing what she loves. In the third the world is a scary place where a crime that takes place far, far away from where she is still results in people she’s known all her life being taken over by fear and hatred.

Release Date: January 16th

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Let’s Talk About Love, Claire Kann

Alice’s summer is looking to be perfect. She’s got friends, food, TV, and is going to be working just enough to pay her rent. But she’s also newly single and, despite having no plans of dating, things take an unexpected turn when she meets Takumi. Will she take the chance or not risk it?

Release Date: January 23rd

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Still Me, Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark finds herself in some very different cercumstances in, Still Me. Socializing with New York’s high society, working a new job for a rich family, and torn between two completely different worlds – her own and the one she’s in now.

Release Date: January 30th

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The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert

After the death of her grandmother, the author of a book of dark fairy tales, Alice’s bad luck goes from bad to worse. Her mother is kidnapped and the only way to save her is to team up with one of her classmates who just so happens to be a superfan of Alice’s grandmother. Together they will travel to her grandmother’s estate – The Hazel Wood – and to a supernatural world that is a lot more real than Alice knew.

Release Date: January 30th

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Keeper, Kim Chance

Lainey is a sixteen-year-old girl intent on focusing on her studies. All that changes however when she learns she is a witch, more specifically – A Keeper. Like her mother before her, Lainey can use the power of a powerful spell book, The Grimoire. But before she can use this power, she must first get the book back as it has been stolen by a warlock intent on getting it’s power. Lainey’s simple life is turned upside as she embarks on an adventure to get back the book.

Release Date: January 30th

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These are just a few of the books coming out in January. For more information on each book, click on the title to be taken to the Goodreads page where you can read a longer summary.

Are any of these on your reading list? Which ones are you going to check out?

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RIP Rob Stewart

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Today I attended the funeral for Rob Stewart.

Rob was an environmentalist and filmmaker with a passion for sharks and a unique ability to make other people care about the same things he did.

The first time I heard of Rob Stewart was back in ninth grade when my science teacher showed the class Sharkwater. It completely changed my world.

I was lucky enough to get to meet Rob once at a screening for his second film, Revolution. I was about fifteen at the time and beyond terrified to speak to him. How often do we get to meet someone we idolized and looked up to?

Despite my nerves, Rob was incredibly nice. He spoke to me for a few minutes, signed my copy of his book, and took a photo with me. It’s a moment in my life I’ve never forgotten and will cherish even more now.

When I heard the news Rob had gone missing I thought it had to be a joke. One of those horrible hoaxes you hear about on Facebook or Twitter. But then I realized it was his own page that had posted and it wasn’t a joke.

For those three days I constantly checked Facebook, the news, anywhere I could to see any updates about what was going on. I hoped beyond hope that he would be found safe.

When the news came on Friday that he had been found I was heartbroken. It didn’t feel real. I just couldn’t believe that this man who had had so much affect on the world and who still had so much left to do, was suddenly gone.

My heart goes out to his parents, sister, the rest of his family, and his friends.

It also goes out to everyone who admired Rob and all the work he did to affect change.

I would also like to thank his family for opening his funeral to the public. Being given the chance to hear everyone speak of him and say goodbye was something I didn’t think I would have the chance to do and it meant more than they will ever know.

Rest in Peace Rob Stewart

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Life Update

Do you ever get so overwhelmed by how far behind you are and how much work you have to do that you just don’t do it? And then you get even further behind and it stresses you out more so you just continue to avoid it and this horrible cycle continues.

That has been my life for several months now. I don’t mean I’ve been sitting around doing nothing all the time. Quite the opposite actually. I’ve been working a lot since Christmas and when I’m not at work I’m at home desperately trying to get things done.

I’ve been writing blog posts and book/film reviews; I’ve been working on fanfiction chapters; and I’ve been making progress on my book. But I think all of you can relate when I say there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

Seriously, sometimes it feels like I never stop and yet it never feels like I actually got anything done.

I used to get a couple posts done or a couple chapters written and I’d start to get back into my routine of posting regularly, but then I’d fall out of it again and it was like starting back at square one.

So, since I’ve been MIA for quite a while now I figured I’d post a quick update just so anyone who reads this blog doesn’t think I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth.

I am very excited for things coming up later this year. I’m attending Fan Expo and the Supernatural Convention again and I will be blogging about those. I’m desperately waiting for Fan Expo to post it’s schedule so I can start making arrangements and figuring out if I’m going to be getting any photos or autographs this year (let’s face it, I probably will).

I will definitely be returning to the blogosphere and the fanfiction world. I can’t say exactly when just because I don’t want to make any promises or guarantees and then not stick to them.

Other than that my life right now consists of working, reading, and, as of today, playing Pokemon GO. I’m sure downloading this game will be absolutely no help in my trying to get back to writing on a regular basis. However, I think it will help with the lack of exercise I get (or rather, don’t get).

So, thank you to any followers of this blog for your patience. I look forward to rejoining you regularly very soon!

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