How to Build a Fictional World | Video

“How to Build a Fictional World” by Kate Messner | 11th February, 2016 | Aerogramme Writers’ Studio.

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies – and even the laws of physics – function in these fictional universes?

In this animated video from TED-Ed’s Writer’s Workshop, author Kate Messner shares the methods and questions she uses to build the worlds in which her books take place.

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How to Use the Real World When Writing Paranormal Fiction


“How to Use the Real World When Writing Paranormal Fiction” by Georgina Roy | 6th July, 2016 | e-Books India.

“Paranormal fiction takes the readers into an alternate Earth where ghost and other ghoulish creature prowl in the night – or day, in some cases. When it is well done, it makes the readers afraid of what’s to come for the protagonist and other characters in the novel. However, paranormal stories rarely inspire such fear in the readers because they know from the start that what they’re reading can’t happen in real life. From the beginning, they know they are reading a story that couldn’t possibly be set in the real world. There is a way to bypass this – by integrating the real world as much as possible in your paranormal fiction novel. Below, you will be able to find several ways how to do this.

  1. Search Locally
  2. Know the Facts
  3. Myths and Legends
  4. Unresolved Mysteries
  5. Offer Answers and Make it Believable.”

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How to Write a Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Novel

“How to Write a Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Novel” by Georgina Roy | 2nd June, 2016 | eBooks India.

“Post-apocalyptic fiction demands a lot of different elements, or tropes, that need to be addressed, or present in the book in order to make it believable. Post-apocalyptic fiction goes together with apocalyptic fiction, because the post-apocalyptic world wouldn’t exist unless the actual apocalypse happened. Moreover, the apocalypse, the types of which we’ve presented below, needs to be believable. Today, there are plenty of books focusing on stories in an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic world. Hence, the tropes of the genre need to be interpreted in an original way – otherwise your post-apocalyptic fiction novel will be riddled with clichés. This is why we’ve focused on the key elements that form the pillars of a good post-apocalyptic novel and presented them below.

  1. Different kinds of apocalypse
  2. Before, during, and the aftermath
  3. Types of characters
  4. The survival element
  5. The rebuilding period.”

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Literary Fiction Genres | List

purt1o20160319125113“Literary Fiction Genres”. Writing to Publish.

“This list of fiction genres is drawn from numerous sources, including universities, author’s pages, book vendors, public libraries, magazines, academics, and writers group sites; plus the main Wikipedia article on Literary Genres. The subgenre lists have been expanded with data from the good folks on Analog magazine’s old discussion board, and our own W2P guest speaker presentations. (These are just a few popular links, out of a great many.)…

Some of the ‘broader’ genres listed here might be thought of as ‘descriptive’ or ‘functional’ categories instead, and there is no real agreement on which is which. There is plenty of overlap between subgenres (as with American West Romances and Romantic Westerns), and we’ve chosen to be a thorough as possible. Astute researchers will encounter several different classification systems. In practice, a novel’s (or short story’s) genre is often ‘fixed’ by its cover and marketing, while the work itself could fairly belong to two or more genres.”

To see the comprehesive list click here: Literary Fiction Genres

Writing Fiction? 10 Sneaky Overwriting Traps to Avoid

“Writing Fiction? 10 Sneaky Overwriting Traps to Avoid.” Daniela McVicker. 2 December, 2015. The Write Life.

“If you’re an author working on your first fiction book, you have a lot to worry about.

Character development, motivation, developing your plot and subplots, writing great dialogue, and setting vivid scenes are just a few items that are likely on your mind.

Now, take those and add one more thing: You need to be concerned about overwriting.

Overwriting is what happens when you don’t recognize you’ve achieved your writing goal. So you just keep writing.”

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