Writing Fantasy Religions

“I pray to the four winds… and you?”

– Conan the Barbarian, 1982

Writing stories involving fantasy religions is fun and for some folks tricky. Religion is a large part of the human experience, and you lose some great story potential if you choose to omit religion from your world.

This post is not about the deities themselves. Great stories are about conflict and the darker side of human nature, so with that in mind, let’s proceed with some basic design choices, then get into the juicy bits with followers, dogmas, sin, heresy, redemption, and crusades. Continue reading “Writing Fantasy Religions”

Writing Fantasy Timelines

Anyone who has studied the timeline in the appendices of the Lord of the Ring knows what life is all about: writing fantasy timelines. Right?

You can easily get lost in your creation when you write a fantasy timeline. I know I have, so you should make some basic design choices and nail down some fantasy staples, before your focus on the core of your story: the needs of your characters.

The following is a generalization of (mostly) European history and fantasy tropes and may serve as a blueprint for a fictional history.

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Create Fantasy Names and Languages

How do you create names and languages for your fantasy people and places? Do you make a unique creation, base it loosely on earth, or try to find some middle ground between the two? How do you mold random names and phrases into some consistent?

There are two ways of doing this: Hire a linguist and get it right, or you can fake it. This post is about faking it. Continue reading “Create Fantasy Names and Languages”

Lessons from One Month of Blogging

In November 2017 I started the Mudworld Blog to hone my writing skills and explore ideas regarding gaming, world building, and writing. I read a number of “how-to” guides to blogging and watched a number of YouTube videos as I figured out how to do this.

I’m not gonna create my own “how-to” guide as there already are plenty of really good ones out there. Instead, I’ll go through some of my own experiences I did not pick up from others. I missed these points, so maybe you did as well. Continue reading “Lessons from One Month of Blogging”

Creating a Fantasy Setting

Creating a fantasy setting can be both a fun and rewarding task. This post will outline the process in four easy steps: create logline, identify the clichés, use the chopping block and finally make it personal. Continue reading “Creating a Fantasy Setting”