There are a lot of movies with really underappreciated worldbuilding. I could probably write an essay about the topic. Sometimes, the projects that have been crafted with the most care just don't see the success they deserve. But I'm going to shine the spotlight on five of my favourites today, and do it with no … Continue reading 5 Movies with Underappreciated Worldbuilding
When I started creating my high fantasy world, I stumbled onto a serious issue very early. I went into things with the intention of creating a classic medieval world (spoiler: it didn't happen). But I'd created a magic system that rendered the classic staples of a medieval world defunct. Plate armor, knights on horseback, stone … Continue reading Castles Don’t Make Sense In High Fantasy (a lot of the time)
If you write much fantasy, you know the feeling of trying to come up with terms for your magicians, mages or witches. I put together this resource ages ago for my personal reference. I was just sick of using mage. Sometimes it doesn't fit the feel you're going for, and sometimes you just want to … Continue reading 60 Alternative Words For Mage and Magician
I have serious mixed feelings about the Victorians and the Victorian era. On one hand, the Victorian era set a lot of aesthetic standards that remain today. They created a terrible amount of beauty. The setting of the Victorian era just bleeds colour and style. It was also an amazing period of scientific advancement. On … Continue reading I have a problem with writing the Victorian era
Where do you draw the line between white and black magic? You probably thought of necromancy and curses when black magic was mentioned. But mechanically is a curse any different to a blessing spell? We've talked about developing your magic system but black magic deserves its own blog post. When creating your own magic system, … Continue reading What is Black Magic?
I love magic, which you may or may not have picked up on by now. Magic systems are fascinating, and I've talked about how to make them awesome. But your mages need somewhere to live too! The classic aesthetic when you think of mages is towers. From Hogwarts to Saruman, they just go hand in … Continue reading Writing a Mage’s Tower
When writing creation myths, it can be tricky to classify them. With the nine types of creation myth, you can make your world's myths feel more real.
When discussing fantasy writing, Hard Magic and Soft Magic are key words many of us know. But perhaps we need one more - Medium.
Need to know how to develop your magic system for D&D or an upcoming novel? Check out this questionaire to help you nail down all the details you need!