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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

World-Building

When I read a book review for Alex Cavanaugh's new book, CassaStar, I realized what a great platform he has not only to launch his first book but to begin a whole new series that he can expand any way he decides. After all, he is world-building, and the entire universe is his playground!

I love the idea of world-building, but that's for the sci-fi and the fantasy folks, not for a romance author who likes to add just a bit of mystery/suspense. Alex is on a virtual book tour, and from the number of comments he is getting it's looks like a sure success.

As a artist, as well as a writer, I love to create paintings that might be considered the settings for a fantasy universe. Now, if I can just figure out how to tie them in with a new book.

That idea intrigues me.

"Universe and Beyond" Copyright MM Sikes
I'm looking forward to reading about the new worlds Alex will create in his imagination. How do some of you who develop fantasy worlds go about creating them?

5 comments:

N. R. Williams said...

I think building a fantastical world can go either way. It might be over done or just right. I suppose it could be raw too. I have lived in a fantasy all my life. It's easy for me to imagine this since I searched my mother's gardens for faerie when I was a child. Never found one. When I read J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit, I wanted to know where the elves went. I came up with a solution.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for the mention, Monti! Appreciate you following my tour - it's a blast so far.

I think there's a lot you can do with world-building even with a real life setting. The possibilites are as varied as there are people and we all see the world a little different.

KK Brees said...

Holly Lisle has great resources for world building - covering everything from creating a language to populating it with characters. I think this is the best part of writing - creating a world you can control. The Power!

Enid Wilson said...

I start off with an interesting scene first and build the rest of the world around it.

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Monti said...

Thanks for the comments! I've never tried world-building but think it might be fun to create and control a world of our own!!!