It’s All Relative


  1. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey February 10, 2014 at 8:50 am .

    I always associated the concept of world building with fantasy and sci fi until I tackled a historical novel and found myself creating an imaginary town in a time with no electronic gadgets….or running water or inside toilets. Thanks for the excellent post, Ross, and I hope you warm up soon. It’s supposed to be a little less frosty in Northern Colorado this week.

    1. Ross Willard
      Ross Willard February 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm .

      I’d always associated world building with SF and F as well. Until one day it occurred to me that some of the best, world building opening lines I’d heard in my life came from the authors my parents tried to press on me: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” “It is a universally acknowledged truth that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

  2. Julie Kazimer
    Julie Kazimer February 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm .

    Guilty as charged. I am the worst when it comes to this, which is why i steal already built worlds. Grat post, Ross. Thanks for joining us.

    1. Ross Willard
      Ross Willard February 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm .

      Thank you for the comment, Julie. I don’t know what a Grat post is, but I’m glad I provided you with one. :)

      1. Julie Kazimer
        Julie Kazimer February 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm .


  3. Dean K Miller
    Dean K Miller February 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm .

    Here’s the dichotomy for me: I often (and overly) use imagery and sensory bits (equivalent to worlds in short essays) so much so that I’ve worked to scale them back, becoming more focused and distinct for the reader. Then, in my first novel (adult fiction-draft 1 complete) I worried too much about the flowery prose and seem to recall writing a whole of action and dialogue, but don’t recall too much about the world everyone is struggling to cope with. (It’s resting now…a couples months of hibernation so far.) Of course, after revision one (coming soon) some of that will get fixed, other worldly bits will be discovered in the writing, but I know it’s an issue.

    Still, when someone reads my work and says, “I was there. I could see it and feel it,” yeah, that’s kind of cool. Thanks RMFW

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