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Worldbuilding

  • Story Tips: Writing believable dialogue in fantasy

    My dear storymakers,

    One of my writing friends is working on a fantasy novel set in a medieval-style world, and she wanted to know how she could make the characters’ dialogue sound more natural.

    The basic advice is to write dialogue the way people speak—but when you’re writing about people in a different world, planet, or time period than your own, there’s a lot more to think about.

    So how do you write realistic dialogue for an imaginary … Continue reading

  • To unpathed waters and undreamed shores

    Dear worldbuilders,

    Have you ever heard a line of poetry or a fragment of a song that just stays with you?

    When I was in college, I took a Shakespeare course—actually two of them—in which we covered the Bard’s most famous works (plus some lesser-known, infamous ones). To help us categorize the huge amounts of text we were reading each semester, our professor would have us memorize each play’s most famous lines.

    Several of these lines have stuck … Continue reading