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Just What Is Worldbuilding?

Just What Is Worldbuilding?

When I hear “worldbuilding,” my first, immediate thought is of encyclopedia-length tomes of information. Close behind that, I think of the complexities of fantastical worlds. But your world doesn’t require fantastical complexities . It doesn’t require Tolkien-length treatises. Unless it […]

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Writing and Reading, A Relationship

Writing and Reading, A Relationship

Since I haven’t been doing much lately aside from blogging in random intervals, pouring over course work, and squeezing in pathetic amounts of fiction words when I can, I don’t have a lot to talk about. So I’m going back […]

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Where Do Cultural Appropriation and Identity Politics Intersect?

Where Do Cultural Appropriation and Identity Politics Intersect?

Last weekend I was a good little student and started a report due for my current writing course. Step one involved finding a TED Talk to write about and coming up with our main idea. That was hard, because there […]

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Layered Worlds; or, Things I Love About Worldbuilding

Layered Worlds; or, Things I Love About Worldbuilding

So for the last two weeks, I’ve immersed myself in the world of Kristen Britain’s Green Rider series. And it has once again reminded me of something I love in fantasy and scifi worlds: history. Layers. I discovered the Green […]

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Reading Break

Reading Break

Reading frequently comes up as a goal for us around here. Devouring 100 books in a year was, once upon a time, not much of a challenge. In recent years, even 50 books has become a lot to squeeze into […]

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Don’t Frustrate Your Readers

Don’t Frustrate Your Readers

As I was planning this post, I didn’t think about an obvious qualifier I left out of my title: Don’t frustrate your readers in a bad way. There are both good and bad ways to frustrate your readers. The good ways keep […]

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