How to Build a Fantasy World: Realistic and Immersive Worldbuilding

What We Can Take From Travel Inspiration When Writing Fantasy

What We Can Take From Travel Inspiration When Writing Fantasy

So, your first question may be – what the hell has travelling in this world got to do with the fantasy world I’m building from scratch? Can you really use travel inspiration when writing when your novel is set in a world that doesn't really exist? Well, I firmly...

Society and Governments in Fantasy Worlds

Society and Governments in Fantasy Worlds

If you are building an entire world from scratch for your fantasy novel(s), then there are lots of big-picture things to think about. One of those things is the overall society structure and types of governments in your fantasy world. The chances are that there will...

Top Tropes in Fantasy to Avoid If You Want a Unique Story

Top Tropes in Fantasy to Avoid If You Want a Unique Story

Tropes appear in all genres of course. We couldn’t get to the year 2020 without a few things getting repeated over the years. Tropes in fantasy and cliches aren’t necessarily a bad thing in themselves. Things are repeated and become cliche because a lot of people tend...

A Review of The Witcher: Is It Worth Watching?

A Review of The Witcher: Is It Worth Watching?

Like many people over the festive period, I binge-watched The Witcher. It wasn’t hard. There was a surprisingly small number of episodes and I had some time on my hands. So today, I wanted to put together a little review of The Witcher to share my thoughts on the...

Why Celebrate? How to Use Religious Holidays in Your Fantasy Novel

Why Celebrate? How to Use Religious Holidays in Your Fantasy Novel

With the festive season underway, I’ve decided to write a post about religious holidays in fantasy and what place they have in your world and novel. If you’re building a world from scratch, it only makes sense to make up some kind of holiday period. Holidays or...

How to Build History in Your Fantasy World

How to Build History in Your Fantasy World

If you want a rich and big fantasy world you have to think of everything. One key thing you should be building is the history of your world. However, when you start to build history in your fantasy world, you'll quickly realise how tricky it is. Where do you even...

What Does Your Fantasy World Smell Like? Writing the Senses

What Does Your Fantasy World Smell Like? Writing the Senses

This post is all about your nose. Might seem like a weird focus of fantasy world building, but I’m all about that detail. As fantasy world builders we spend so much time describing the weird and wonderful places we’ve created, from palaces to castles, to taverns to...

Should You Use Multi POV in Your Fantasy Novel?

Should You Use Multi POV in Your Fantasy Novel?

Multi-POV, or multiple point of view storytelling has been around for a long time and a lot of people either love it or hate it. It’s been particularly popular since A Song of Ice and Fire and it seems pretty common in the fantasy genre as a whole. But should you go...

How Big Should Your Fantasy World Be?

How Big Should Your Fantasy World Be?

What is one thing a lot of epic fantasy novels have? Enormous worlds that take years or even decades to build. I love fantasy world-building and big worlds with endless details. I really appreciate the work people go to, to bring these make-believe places to life....

Natural Resources and Trade in Fantasy Worldbuilding

Natural Resources and Trade in Fantasy Worldbuilding

I'm guessing no one’s jumping for joy thinking about mining or trade routes. You’d rather be building your magic system, drawing maps or creating brand new magical species. I get it, but if you’re here, the chances are you’re looking for ways to make your world feel...

Is Fantasy Popular Now? A Goodbye Review of Game of Thrones

Is Fantasy Popular Now? A Goodbye Review of Game of Thrones

While there's still the books to come, I wanted to write a special post today about the recent and final season of HBO's A Game of Thrones. This is a series that has won the hearts of millions worldwide. Somehow, this tale of magic, dragons and castles became the most...

The Endless Journeys: Transport in Your Fantasy World

The Endless Journeys: Transport in Your Fantasy World

For some reason, travelling is a huge part of the fantasy genre. Look at Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, A Song of Ice and Fire and so on. Fantasy authors just can't help themselves. Someone's got to go somewhere. I think one of the reasons for this is that we...

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